THE “babies of the future” in Bruff are set to enjoy many fun days in the sun thanks to the support of the local community and a donation of €10,000 by JP McManus towards the town’s new playground.
The financial injection by the JP McManus Charitable Foundation coupled with the success of a dog night and duck race means that the local playground committee have reached the golden figure of €30,000 which was needed to develop the long awaited facility.
“We reached our target of €30,000 due to a tremendous response,” said Alice Hehir, pro of the Bruff Playground Committee. “The donation from JP of €10,000 brought us up.”
The committee had put in a submission for funding to the JP McManus Charitable Foundation, and last week they received the much welcome news. “You try every avenue with fingers crossed and it worked,” said Alice. “The cheque arrived with a letter from the JP McManus Charitable Foundation.”
Planning permission has been secured for the new Bruff community playground which is to be located off Bru na nDeise housing estate near the soccer field.
The playground is to cater for the parish of Bruff, Grange, Meanus, and Holycross as well as Lough Gur, Patrickswell, Knockainey, Athlacca, and Dromin.
The local community organised a number of events to raise funds for the playground project, including a hugely successful dog night at Limerick Greyhound Stadium last month and a hotly contested duck race on St Patrick’s Day.
Work is to begin on the playground shortly and it is hoped it will be completed by September.
“It is at the design stage,” Alice explained. “We are also relying on research including a survey done with the children, and of course the expertise of our project engineer, Richard Leonard.”
The views of the children, Alice said, “are essential” in ensuring that the playground caters to their needs.
“They have to be reflected in the project. It is for the babies of the future,” said Alice who added that the committee also have the benefit of seeing how the playgrounds in areas such as Kilmallock and Ballylanders have turned out.