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£200,000 investment to ‘completely refurbish and transform’ two borough play parks

Work on Loughbrickland and Magheralin parks due to start on Monday

Two play parks in the borough are to be completely refurbished at a cost of £200,000.

And the work – which Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council describes as a “significant investment” – will get underway on Monday.

The developments at Loughbrickland and Magheralin are the latest part of the council’s capital play development plans.

Collectively the £200,000 being spent will “completely refurbish and transform each area”, according to council.

Six parks within the borough have already been successfully renovated and reopened as part of the £4.75m play strategy.

Work is expected to take up to 12 weeks on each site and the parks will be closed during this time.

Extensive consultation was carried out with the local community in each area and when the work is complete, the new look neighbourhood parks will cater for all children up to the age of 14.

A council spokesperson said: “Much consideration has been put into each piece of equipment chosen and you will find high quality physical, creative and social play opportunities for children regardless of their needs and abilities.

“Using equipment which is multi-functional and open to all abilities, such as the inclusive roundabout, gives all children the opportunity to play together which is an aspect of childhood, which is very important.

“A range of seating will also be added so parents and guardians can come along and share in the children’s play experiences.”

Farrans is the lead contractor for the works, while sub-contractor Garden Escapes – a specialist playground equipment company – will supply and install the new equipment.

Communities and schools will be informed about the official opening of each park closer to the time.

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