WORK has commenced on a children’s playground in the grounds of the Crescent Shopping Centre.
It follows protracted negotiations between the county council and Stapleyside Ltd, the owners of Munster’s biggest shopping centre.
That company had purchased a parcel of land from McInerney Construction, the developers of the nearby Kilteragh estate. McInerney had agreed to provide playing pitches next to Ballinacurra Creek as a condition of the Kilteragh planning permission.
This plan was frustrated by a combination of trading difficulties at McInerney and concerns about the proposed pitches’ proximity to the railway line and Southern Ring Road. It was after Stapleyside bought the land that the playground at the Crescent was agreed as a compromise.
Fianna Fail’s Cllr James Collins has welcomed the fact that construction is now underway and expects the playground to be finished in six weeks.
“Local elected councillors resolved a very complicated situation, incorporating the taking in charge of Kilteragh, which paved the way for the provision of the playground,” he said.
“Crescent Shopping Centre are funding, installing and maintaining the playground and play facilities will be open to all members of the public.
“In addition to the planned neighbourhood park at Mungret College, it will be a fantastic community amenity for families living in Raheen, Dooradoyle, Mungret and surrounding areas,” Cllr Collins said
Labour’s Cllr Tomas Hannon has also welcomed the development.
“This is a project for which I have been working to get approval for many years,” he said.
“This will be a community amenity to benefit the residents of Raheen and Dooradoyle in particular. The area has had a notable lack of playground facilities and local families deserve good local amenities such as this.”