Limerick playground hit by legal claims after climbing accidents

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Some areas are now out of bounds at the playground beside the Crescent Shopping Centre, which opened last September. Picture: Michael Cowhey
THE climbing area in the new state-of-the-art playground at Limerick’s Crescent Shopping Centre has closed after a number of personal injury claims just months after it opened.

THE climbing area in the new state-of-the-art playground at Limerick’s Crescent Shopping Centre has closed after a number of personal injury claims just months after it opened.

Part of the climbing frame will now be replaced by a slide following a request by Limerick City and County Council.

The Limerick Leader has learnt that a number of personal injury claims are pending following accidents in the climbing play area in the new €300,000 park beside the Crescent Shopping Centre.

Limerick City and County Council – which provides the insurance for the facility – confirmed that two personal injuries claims have so far been initiated.

Clancourt Developments – the owners of the Crescent Shopping Centre – which manages the park on behalf of the council confirmed the climbing area is off limits.

In a statement, a spokesperson said: “At the request of the council, the climbing play area was closed on November 28, 2014. It will reopen following within the next two weeks. One piece of climbing equipment is being modified with a slide replacing hanging bars.”

Fine Gael councillor Daniel Butler, who takes his children to the playground on a regular basis, said: “Accidents happen in playgrounds. As a parent myself, I know there is responsibility on me as a parent to supervise my children at all times.”

He welcomed the forthcoming reopening of the area, saying: “It is a great facility for the people of Raheen-Dooradoyle and we would be lost without it. It is the only playground we have in what is the largest population area of the city and county. We have no youth facilities in this area, so it is a huge asset to the area, and I am delighted to see the reopening.”

The 8,000 square foot playground was opened by Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan. Developed following co-operation between the council and Clancourt Developments, it followed the taking in charge of the neighbouring Kilteragh estate.