THE new community playground in Pallaskenry is set to open next month, after work got underway on the project with the official sod-turning ceremony.
Local priest Fr John Donworth said a blessing in the presence of local families and the wider community who had gathered to celebrate the beginning of construction on the long awaited amenity which is being developed with the support of over €103,000 in grant aid from West Limerick Resources.
According to Tara Hickson of the Playground Development Committee, the opportunity to build a playground with the help of West Limerick Resources was “too good to pass up”.
“We have had so much help from the community here in Pallaskenry we couldn’t begin to thank them. We started fundraising about a year and a half ago and in the last year alone succeeded in raising €36,000,” she said.
This money raised through local fundraising will supplement the grant aid secured through West Limerick Resources last year.
Congratulating the community, Eleanor McLoughlin of West Limerick Resources explained:“In 2011 we funded Pallaskenry Community Council to develop a local community plan. One of the key needs identified through this plan was a local playground to cater for young people aged up to 13 years.
“We were delighted to be able to help the community follow through and see this element of the plan come to fruition. The committee has been working very hard to secure the site and to raise the necessary matching funding and should be very proud of what they have achieved. The success of community projects always comes down to the people involved and Pallaskenry is very lucky to have a strong team leading this development.”
Tara went on to praise the “excellent core group that works well together as well as a support group that come to all our fundraisers”.
“I couldn’t begin to name everyone involved but want to thank them all. I also want to thank Eleanor for all her help with our grant application, Emmett O’Brien and Pallaskenry GAA for returning the lease for the playground site to the County Council who in turn leased it to the Community Council, Christy O’Connor of Limerick County Council for all his assistance in this process and Cllr Stephen Keary who is kindly volunteering his advice and engineering skills to the project,” she stated.
In the meantime the committee must raise a remaining balance of around €4,000.
They hope to continue their successful tile project which has helped them raise over €10,000 to date.
It is planned to construct a small garden adjacent to the playground including a wall where personalised tiles will be erected to acknowledge the communities support for the project.
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