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Play and Recreation projects in funding boost

“€250,000 to get children active through play, water sports and adventure”

Statement by Minister Katherine Zappone

 

19th May 2017


The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone TD, today announced funding for children’s play and recreation projects across Ireland.


22 Local Authorities will benefit from funding for projects under the Capital Grant Scheme for Play and Recreation for new and innovative play and recreation projects and the improvement of existing facilities. The total value of the Scheme is €250,000.


The projects funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) include the upgrade and redevelopment of older play spaces, as well as new projects such as:  the development of a percussions sensory play installation; the establishment of a youth water sports and adventure programme that targets disadvantaged, at risk and disabled youth; and the provision of  accessible playground equipment that will enable children with disabilities to use and enjoy their local playgrounds with  friends and families.

Making the announcement Minister Zappone said:
“Every child needs access to play areas. We are now focussing our support on those projects which are inclusive, accessible, safe and take into account the views of children and young people.  Play areas must give a sense of adventure. They must compete with hi-tech games to bring excitement into the lives of our children which is why I welcome projects which are innovative. The benefits of play are well known – it is good for health, creates new friendships and brings excitement into young lives. With this funding it is my hope that another generation will get to know the joy of the playground. “

The Minister noted that the 2017 Scheme was oversubscribed and competitive. Successful applications were those that best met the funding criteria. Matched funding is being provided in each case by the relevant Local Authority.


“I would like to thank all of those who applied for funding under this Scheme, and to pay tribute to the commitment of the community groups and Local Authorities who are working together to improve the quality of the play and recreation facilities available to children and young people in Ireland”, concluded Minister Zappone.

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DCYA Capital Grant Scheme for Play and Recreation 2017

 

Local Authority

Project for which funding was awarded

Amount  awarded

1

Carlow

Youth Water Sports & Adventure Programme

€7,000

2

Cavan

Refurbishment and upgrade of the surface area of the playground in Belturbet

€7,000

3

Cork County

Increase the size of Cobh “Five Foot Way” Playground

€7,000

4

Donegal

All Inclusive equipment playgrounds in the Municipal Districts of Inishowen, Glenties, Stranorlar, Letterkenny, and Donegal.

€5,000

5

Dublin City

Play Sufficiency - Phase 1’

Securing sufficient play opportunities for children and young people in Dublin City. Implementation of an action plan to provide sufficient quality and quantity of public playgrounds throughout Dublin City.

€14,000

6

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

Children’s Playground at McCabe Villas

€14,000

7

Galway County

Provision of Accessibility Enhancements in Tuam and Ballinasloe

€11,000

8

Kerry

Project 1 - ‘Muinín’ – creativity for kids, Caherciveen Library

 

Project 2 – Valentia Island Toddler Playground with Disability Access

€7,000

 

 

€8,000

9

Kildare

Provision of a playground in the village green in Castledermot.

€14,000

10

Longford

Refurbishment  to the Mall  Playground

€14,000

11

Laois

Percussions Sensory Play Installation – Portarlington Playground

€14,000

12

Meath

Development of a new Playground in Lobinstown village

€15,000

13

Monaghan

Refurbishment of Beechgrove Lawns playground, Monaghan town

€15,000

14

Offaly

Children’s Natural Play – Tullamore Town Park

€7,000

15

Roscommon

Castlerea Demense Playground Enhancement.

€14,000

16

Sligo

Upgrade of 4 existing Community Playgrounds

€14,000

17

South Dublin

Tymon Park Playground

€14,000

18

Tipperary

Refurbishment and replacement of safety surface Templemore Park Playground

€8,000

19

Westmeath

Project A:  Burgess Park Playground Extension & Upgrade (Athlone Municipal District)

 

Project B: Repair & Upgrade of Clonmellon Playground (Mullingar Municipal District

€7,000

 

 

€7,000

20

Wexford

The refurbishment and extension of Redmond Park Playground, Wexford Town.

€14,000

21

Wicklow

Minor Upgrade works at Seaview Playground, Wicklow

€13,000

 

Total:

 

€250,000


*Confirmation that children and young people will be consulted directly will be sought prior to payment of funds awarded
Clarification of the availability of the facility /equipment for use by children and young people will be sought

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