Maddie McCooke from Armoy.
Riverside Playpark in Armoy has been transformed following a £120,000 funding package.
The investment has breathed new life into the Church Road facility through a resurfacing scheme, the provision of new accessible play equipment and a refurbishment of some existing equipment.
New equipment additions include an accessible roundabout and swing, an interactive wall and a ground-level trampoline.
This project is part of the COVID Small Settlements Regeneration Programme, funded by the Department for Communities, Department for Infrastructure, Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.
Construction work began by Garden Escapes, (Ballynahinch) on 28th August 2023 and the handover of the revamped playpark was completed on 20th October 2023.
Elected members, Council staff, Department for Communities officials, local residents and pupils from St Olcan’s PS and Armoy PS at the launch of the revamped Armoy Playpark.
Deputy Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Margaret Anne McKillop cuts the ribbon to officially open the refurbished Armoy Playpark with Maddie McCooke from Armoy.
The Deputy Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Margaret-Anne McKillop said:
“I am pleased to see the new and upgraded play equipment and the improvements that have been made to this well-used facility.
“It is also fantastic to see provision being made for accessible equipment, which will give all children the opportunity to play and have fun together. I have no doubt this upgraded play facility will provide many years of fun for local children.
“I am grateful to DAERA and DfC for providing this funding and of course, to Council for its financial assistance.”
Deputy Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, CouncillorMargaret Anne McKillop with Gerry Burns from Armoy Community Association and Padraig McFetridge.
The Small Settlements Regeneration Programme aims to address long-standing issues such as rural poverty, isolation and access to services in small settlements with a population of less than 5,000 people.
Under this funding Programme, projects are also underway in the settlements of Burnfoot, Bushmills, Dernaflaw, Dervock, Drumsurn, Dungiven, Garvagh, Gortnaghey, Greysteel, Kilrea, Magilligan, Mosside and Rasharkin to create new and enhanced facilities.
The majority of these will be completed by the end of March,2024.
Councillor Cara McShane; Julienne Elliott, Town and Village Manager; Jake Mailey Capital Works officer; Ian McQuitty, Department for Communities, Deputy Mayor,Councillor Margaret- Anne McKillop, Councillor Bill Kennedy; Grace Boyd (Garden Escapes); Rhonda Williamson, Department for Communities and CouncillorMaighréad Watson.