New outdoor gym and bocce court opened in County Limerick park

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

LOVERS of Newcastle West’s great outdoors have been bowled over after a new bocce court and outdoor gym were opened in the Castle Demesne.

LOVERS of Newcastle West’s great outdoors have been bowled over after a new bocce court and outdoor gym were opened in the Castle Demesne.

The new recreation facilities have been specifically tailored for elderly people and people with disabilities, and are open and ready to use for the public.

Phelim Macken of the County Limerick Sports Partnership, one of the bodies behind the project, said that investments such as this are all about helping people to be more physically active.

“Over the years, the sports partnership and Limerick County Council have been at the forefront of supporting and facilitating the provision of sporting and recreation facilities and services for all members of the local community.

“Through the provision of these facilities in West Limerick, we are fulfilling one of our core functions of getting all members of local communities to become more physically active.”

The new pieces of equipment, which are scattered around the Demesne, were officially opened this week. Cllr Damien Riedy said that the new facilities represent “a significant addition to Newcastle West’s recreational infrastructure”.

“The facilities help to increase physical activity opportunities in the wider Newcastle West area, and I am confident they will lead to an increase in participation of older adults and people with a disability in the local community,” he added.

The outdoor gym and bocce court are modelled on similar facilities that were recently opened at the Castletroy Town Park. The project was jointly implemented at local level by the sports partnership and the County Council, with funding from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

Mr Macken said that the sports partnership is keen to see older people and people with disabilities given a chance to get active through its ‘whole of life’ programme.