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Rural communities ready to play as parks officially opened in Ahoghill and Martinstown

Mayor Ald Mulvenna and Deputy Mayor Ald McDonald with Ald Thomas Gordon and Cllr Tyler Hoey.

Mayor Ald Mulvenna and Deputy Mayor Ald McDonald with Ald Thomas Gordon and Cllr Tyler Hoey.


Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Alderman Gerardine Mulvenna, was joined by representatives from the Department for Communities, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, local residents and Elected Members to officially celebrate the opening of the recently refurbished Martinstown and Ahoghill Play Parks.

 

The £300,000 refurbishment of Martinstown and Ahoghill play-parks - which both reopened in June 2023 - has been welcomed by the local community, with reports of continual use throughout the current school holidays. 



Ahoghill community join the Mayor and Deputy Mayor to celebrate the new play park.

Ahoghill community join the Mayor and Deputy Mayor to celebrate the new play park.

Anthea Owens, Elizabeth McIlwaine (DAEARA) and Kathryn Campbell (DfC) join Mayor Ald Mulvenna and Deputy Mayor Ald McDonald.

Anthea Owens, Elizabeth McIlwaine (DAEARA) and Kathryn Campbell (DfC) join Mayor Ald Mulvenna and Deputy Mayor Ald McDonald.


The upgrades have been completed as part of the Covid Recovery Small Settlements Regeneration Programme.


Grant funding of £270,000 was awarded by the Department for Communities (DfC), Department for Infrastructure (DfI) and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

 


Mayor, Alderman Gerardine Mulvenna, said:


“It’s fantastic to see the completion of these great resources for the local, rural communities.

 

“Play-park refurbishment across the Borough is carried out as part of the Council’s Play Investment Framework and Out to Play Strategy.  This strategy and ongoing investment in play demonstrates the importance placed on play by Council. 


The official opening of the recently refurbished Martinstown Play Park.

The official opening of the recently refurbished Martinstown Play Park.

Representatives from DfC and DAERA join the Mayor and Elected Members at Martinstown Play Park.

Representatives from DfC and DAERA join the Mayor and Elected Members at Martinstown Play Park.


“The last few years have demonstrated the importance of access to quality outdoor spaces on the physical and mental wellbeing of our young people. I hope that these new play parks are enjoyed by children and young people for many years to come.”

 

The design of each play park was developed following a community consultation process.

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