AFTER years of campaigning, the massive Raheen/Dooradoyle community finally have a playground to call their own.
A new play facility has opened on the site of the Crescent Shopping Centre.
It comes following a historical agreement between the shopping centre and the local community over the taking-in-charge of the Kilteragh estate.
The state-of-the-art playground, opened this week, is kitted out with spring toys, a double swing, slides, a seesaw, a climbing frame and several benches.
The playground is located outside the entrance to the Garryowen mall.
Management at the shopping centre have described the playground as “colourful and inviting”.
It opens seven days a week.
Crescent Shopping Centre boss John Davitt added: “The Crescent Shopping Centre is delighted to welcome visitors to our new playground. We hope that this outdoor amenity will be well used by the local community and young people visiting the Crescent Shopping Centre with mum and dad.”
The completion of the playground is a major boost for an area which is light on amenities for children, and its opening has been warmly welcomed by public representatives.
Fianna Fail councillor James Collins said: “The opening of this public playground is good news for the community. Local children have been very patient waiting for the playground to open and finally they are able to enjoy it. This new public playground is the result of local councillors resolving a very complicated situation relating to the council taking Kilteragh in charge. Thankfully all issues have been resolved and the playground is now open to all.”
Cllr Daniel Butler, Fine Gael, said he is looking forward to taking his four-year-old daughter Layla down to the park later this week.
He promised the youngster the park would open during the election campaign.
“It has been a long awaited amenity for local families like my own. It has been an issue that has been to the forefront of many election campaigns. During the election campaign family amenities was a huge issue on the doors. We are living in the largest populated area of Limerick and we have no family or youth amenities. This really is a drop in the ocean of what is needed,” he said.
Next on the councillors’ agenda for the area is a new public park to be built at the former Mungret College site.
A part-eight application is to close at the end of the month, and councillors are expected to formally put through the plan at next month’s meeting.