Crescent playground ‘an essential amenity’ for Dooradoyles

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

A PLAYGROUND planned at the Crescent Shopping Centre is “an essential amenity” for the Dooradoyle area, according to Deputy Kieran O’Donnell, who has welcomed Limerick County Council’s decision to grant permission for the development.

A PLAYGROUND planned at the Crescent Shopping Centre is “an essential amenity” for the Dooradoyle area, according to Deputy Kieran O’Donnell, who has welcomed Limerick County Council’s decision to grant permission for the development.

The Fine Gael TD said he would now press the council on the “provision of a neighbourhood park” for Dooradoyle/Raheen, a longstanding objective of the local authority.

“I welcome the granting of planning permission by Limerick County Council for a new playground at the Crescent Shopping Centre. This is an essential amenity for communities in Dooradoyle, where there has been a shortage of facilities such as this despite the massive increase in population there over the last number of years,” he stated.

“I hope we will be seeing children playing in the new playground later this year. This playground is something which is very important to residents in the area. I am also continuing to press Limerick County Council for the provision of a neighbourhood park in the Dooradoyle/Raheen/Mungret area and I am confident a solution will be found. Such a neighbourhood park would enhance the lives of people living in the area. Like the children’s playground, it is long overdue,” Deputy O’Donnell said.

Documents attached in the planning application say the playground will be open to the public from 9.30am to 8pm on weekdays in the summer months and from 9.30am to 4pm from October to April. The Crescent considers existing security and management measures to be “sufficient to deal with any issues of anti-social behaviour”.

Limerick County Council attached a number of conditions in granting permission, including the raising of the playground perimeter fence from 1.2 metres to 1.8 metres.