Mungret Playground designed around needs of non able bodied children

  • Mungret Park and Playground Limerick
Alice Martin and Grace O'Mara. Picture: Alan Place

The park and playground, which opens today, comprises of 3,000 square metres and is specifically designed to accommodate non able bodied children as much as possible.

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The needs of non able bodied children were central to the design and construction of the new playground in Mungret.

The park and playground, which opens today (Friday 5 August 2016) is on an 11 hectare site. The playground comprises of 3,000 square metres and is specifically designed to accommodate non able bodied children as much as possible.

Tara Flanagan, Senior Executive Engineer with Limerick City and County Council said: “When we sat down to design the playground, we had the needs of less able and non able bodied children in mind. Drawing from our experiences with other council-owned playgrounds across the city and county, we knew the playgrounds were being enjoyed by everyone.”

“The play equipment is suitable for both and encourages dual use by able bodied and non able bodied children, while there is a sensory area for children on the autistic spectrum.  Limerick City and County Council worked closely with Cycle for Sick Children and Sophie’s Journey Foundation in relation to the design to get a real appreciation of the needs of non able bodied children. Kompan Ireland, who installed the playground, really captured our thinking in their equipment design,” she added.

The park and playground is not just for children. There are two kilometres of walk and cycle paths and stunning views from the top of the site.

Adult exercise equipment and benches are being provided along the perimeter of the park and landscaping will continue throughout the coming months, to make people’s walks and workouts more visually pleasing.

The total cost of design, construction and landscaping is €1.2 million.

The area is steeped in archaeological features and has Mungret College in the background to add to the overall amenity value.

The playground will be open from 8am to 9pm from May to September and 8am to 5pm, from October to April.

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