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Borough to see one of biggest and most expensive play areas built at Gilford

The new all-inclusive play park would stretch to almost 5,400 sq ft and would include equipment for all ages and abilities

Gilford Play Park

One of the borough’s biggest and most expensive children’s play parks looks set to be delivered at Gilford.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has drawn up proposals for the “relocation and replacement” of the children’s play area at Woodlands Park.

It is a plan which would deliver a state-of-the-art attraction for children of all ages and abilities.

Meanwhile, the existing play equipment and safety surfacing in the lower portion of the site will be removed and returned to grass.

The earmarked location is on a council-owned area of “hardstanding to the rear of the Woodlands housing development”.

The new all-inclusive play park would stretch to almost 5,400 sq ft.

It includes many features and equipment including multi-activity play attractions to incorporate numerous elements for climbing, crawling, balancing and more, with ladders, ramps, bridges and tunnels.

There will be swings, including specially designed swing equipment for those with physical disabilities, bumble bee springers, roundabouts and rotators, climbing and balancing trails, slides and traditional see-saws.

There will be a water cycle play panel, a virtuoso ‘shake rattle and roll’ and much more.

In addition to the play equipment, it will also boast picnic tables, park seats and litter bins.

The proposals will be publicly advertised next week and a decision, it is expected, to be taken within weeks.

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