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‘Welcome news’ for community as another play park upgraded ahead of schedule

Rural play parks programme hailed as 'worthy financial investment'

Cllr Roisin Mulgrew pictured with local community activists Declan McDonald, Declan Murphy and some of the young people who will enjoy the facilities.

The completion of work to upgrade another local play park in south Armagh has been warmly welcomed.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is upgrading or replacing 16 play parks across the region as part of major investment in leisure and recreation facilities.

The fruits of that investment can now be seen with the completion of the play park upgrade at St Oliver Plunkett Park in Camlough.

The development has been carried out ahead of schedule.

Local Sinn Fein councillor Roisin Mulgrew has praised all involved and described it as “welcome news for the community”.

She said: “We thank the contractors and council officers involved.

“The community here showed great unity and determination to get to this stage where we have a refurbished play area upgraded to an acceptable and safe standard.

“This has taken a significant investment by council but it is seen by those of us who worked for this and other play areas to be upgraded as well worth the money.

“I  am delighted with the works here at St Oliver Plunkett Park and have no doubt that the new facilities – designed to appeal to children of all ages – will be extensively used and respected.

“Rural communities need as much investment and support as possible if we are to ensure their sustainability and wellbeing.

“This and the works at other rural based play areas is a positive step and worthy financial investment.”

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