Released: 26 November 2007
Christmas came early for the children of Kenmare, when the town’s new playground was officially opened on Sunday.
Showing the benefits of co-operation between the local community, local businesses and Kerry County Council, the €150,000 project is a dream come true for the younger generation. It is also a dream come true for the local community, who have sought such a facility for some time.
Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Michael Healy Rae was among those who helped to officially open the playground, and he pointed out just how crucial this spirit of co-operation was, in identifying a suitable site and raising the funds needed to get the project up and running.
“We are hugely grateful to Murphy’s SuperValu for donating the site, which helped make this dream possible,” he said. “The local playground committee and Chamber of Commerce have been extremely busy on the ground, while Kerry County Council’s technical assistance and expertise ensured that we are here today.”
This is eighth playground that has been opened in Kerry since Kerry County Council launched its Play Policy ‘Developing Play in Kerry’ two years ago.
The Policy helps local communities to access the information needed to drive playground projects forward, while Kerry County Council’s Community & Enterprise staff provide support, technical assistance and advice.
In addition, funding of €55,000 was provided by Kerry County Council through the Capital Amenities Levy scheme, while the local community contributed a further €30,000.
“The important thing about projects like Kenmare Playground is that it is community-driven, with the local community coming together to address a need,” Cllr Healy Rae stated.
“Future generations will benefit greatly from this and great credit must go to everybody involved for making this a reality.”