Limerick County Council unveils new exercise equipment at neighbourhood park

David Hurley

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David Hurley

New outdoor recreational facilities for older members of the community and people with a disability have been opened in Castletroy.

New outdoor recreational facilities for older members of the community and people with a disability have been opened in Castletroy.

Cllr Marty Harty, Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, has officially opened the Outdoor Gym and Bocce Courts at Castletroy Neighbourhood Park.

The new facilities have been developed by County Limerick Local Sports Partnership (CLLSP) and Limerick County Council, and were funded through the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

The provision of the outdoor facilities is designed to increase physical activity opportunities leading to an increase in participation of older adults and people with a disability in the local community.

A similar development is planned for the Demesne in Newcastle West.

“Castletroy continues to experience growth in terms of developments and population, which in turn must be matched by the provision of important infrastructure such as recreational amenities. It is encouraging to see continued investment in such facilities, despite the ongoing economic problems faced by the country. By investing in our communities, we are helping to promote social interaction and improve the health of our communities,” said Cllr Harty.

“As the saying goes, ‘your health is your wealth’ and this is at the very heart of what is being delivered at Castletroy Neighbourhood Park. I have no doubt that the facilities will be well used in the years ahead further adding to the recreational infrastructure of the local area and, indeed County Limerick,” added Cllr Harty.

Castletroy Neighbourhood Park is one of the largest purpose-built public park and amenity areas in the Midwest Region.

The 17-acre park, which opened in 2008, features 1.2km of pedestrian pathways, a fully equipped children’s playground, skateboarding area, circular cycle route, and a covered central performance and exhibition area.

It also includes an array of natural habitats, including a 4,300 square metre lake, wetlands, wildflower grass areas and woodlands.