Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Alderman Graham Warke was joined in Newtownstewart by DAERA Minister Edwin Poots for the official opening of a new play park in the town.
The park is a £347,000 project which is located on a site adjacent to Morne Park and Morne Walk, and has been delivered by Derry City and Strabane District Council with support from funding allocated by Derry and Strabane Rural Partnership as part of Priority 6 (LEADER) of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Program 2014-2020.
Newtownstewart has been identified by the Derry and Strabane Rural Partnership as a strategic village renewal project, with £222,000 in grants set aside for the new play park.
The funding was part of the rural development program funded by DAERA and identified through public consultation and the “cluster village plan”.
The Council has also contributed £125,000 towards new facilities through its game development programme.
The new park is aimed at children and young people of different ages and abilities.
Equipment includes a multi-unit with towers, climbing nets and slides, a wheelchair-accessible low-level carousel, swings with adapted swing seats included, toddler swings, seesaws basket, zip lines and more.
Mayor Graham Warke said: “It is a great honor and pleasure for me to officially open this new play park in Newtownstewart.
“I would like to pay tribute to everyone involved in making this facility possible, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, and I am delighted to now be able to join colleagues, community representatives and local young people to open this magnificent park.
“The features of this park are consistent with the Council’s Green Infrastructure Plan, which emphasizes using natural spaces to provide environmental, economic and social benefits to communities.
“It’s a fantastic place where the children of the village can get together and socialize while doing physical activity, and it’s also a great meeting place for adults. I hope the community will continue to enjoy this park for many years to come.
Speaking at the opening of Play Park in Newtownstewart, Minister for Rural Affairs Edwin Poots MP said: “I am pleased that Northern Ireland’s rural development ‘LEADER’ scheme, through of the Village Renewal Program, brings real change to the fabric of rural villages and supports projects based on community needs.
Minister Poots added: “I am delighted that this project is creating a sense of civic pride in the village, providing tangible benefits to users and helping this rural area reach its full potential.
“I want to thank everyone involved for their hard work and dedication in moving the project forward.”
Noelle Donnell, Chair of the Derry and Strabane Rural Partnership, said: “The LAG is truly delighted to have supported this project which is a fantastic asset to the village of Newtownstewart and its people, especially the local children who will take a lot of pleasure in this establishment. »
Amanda McConomy, Community Representative, added: “As a village, we are absolutely thrilled with the fantastic play park we have here in Newtownstewart.
“It is a central base for everyone and we are very grateful to all the partners who have helped to make this possible.”
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