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Longstone multi-use games area in Armagh officially opened

A new multi-use games area (MUGA) was officially opened in Armagh this week.

Lord Mayor Mealla Campbell along with the local community at Longstone formally unveiled the new MUGA on Tuesday.

The new £75,000 outdoor games area will enhance the local area encouraging participation and interaction within the community.

The MUGA features a floodlit tarmac surface with built-in goal post units to facilitate various sports and games for the local community.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Mealla Campbell said: “I am thrilled to officially open this fantastic new development at Longstone. Key to the success of this project has been the partnership approach of the local community who have worked together with the council.

“This really is a brilliant example of partnership working and I want to pay tribute to the community association for what they have achieved for their local community. This will be a facility that will be enjoyed by all for years to come.”

Under a service level agreement the proactive community association will be responsible for the opening and closing of the facility.

Lord Mayor of Armagh Mealla Campbell opens the new Longstone Multi Use Play Area

Paul Cartmill from Longstone Community Association, said: “We are delighted with the new facility, it has taken us a while but we got there to provide this for our children and young people to enjoy.

“We would like to thank all those who were involved in making this happen.”

The £75,000 investment is part of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s £4.75m Play Strategy 2018-2026. The eight-year strategy puts ABC Council at the forefront of health, recreation and leisure in Northern Ireland, actively championing play to help improve understanding of its critical importance to children and young people.

Farrans were the lead contractor for the works while sub-contractor Garden Escapes a specialist playground equipment company supplied and installed the equipment.

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