The playground at O’Brien Park on Clare Street in Limerick City is ready to invite children of all abilities to come and play.
The playground has been officially reopened by the Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Gerald Mitchell, after undergoing a major transformation.
The play area has been increased and resurfaced and now includes a number of features to make play more accessible and inclusive including wheelchair accessible equipment.
The works have been completed by Browne Brothers Site Services who were successful in securing the contract following a tendering process.
The total cost of the project was €88,000. Funding of €50,000 was provided by Limerick City North Councillors with the balance provided by Limerick Sports Partnership and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.
The playground in Limerick’s People’s Park reopened in September after also being transformed in to an inclusive play area. People's Park Playground | Limerick.ie.
Mayor Mitchell welcomed the completion of the city’s second inclusive playground:
“O’Brien Park provides another space where children can freely express themselves, embracing both physical and creative adventures in a carefully designed, risk-friendly environment. At Limerick City and County Council we believe in the significance of providing inclusive play areas, ensuring every child, including those in wheelchairs, can revel in the joy of public play parks.”
Senior Executive Engineer, Environment and Climate Action at Limerick City and County Council, Carmel Lynch commented:
"The Council are committed to providing inclusive play facilities, allowing children of all abilities to play safely together. For us, inclusivity is not just a goal, it goes to the heart of our vibrant, welcoming community."
The playground at O’Brien Park has the following equipment:
- Monkey Bars
- Wheelchair Accessible Trampoline
- Low Level Trim Trail
- Senior Swings (2 flat seats, 1 basket seat)
- Junior Swings (1 cradle seat, 1 inclusive seat)
- Ball Maze Play Panel
- Tumble Cog Play Panel
- Giant 4 in a Row
- Inclusive Springer
- Wheelchair Accessible Roundabout
- 4 Way Springer
- Way Tumble Bars
The use of some inclusive play equipment will require assistance/supervision.
For more on Limerick playgrounds visit Playgrounds | Limerick.ie