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Council defend claims play ground overlooks needs of disabled

This week, Armagh Council were accused of overlooking the needs of disabled people when it comes to two major developments in the grounds of the Palace.

However, they have since responded, and claim that the area has been specially designed for ‘inclusive play’.

Armagh City and District Council said: “The new play area in the Palace Public Park is now open and will be officially launched in the coming weeks.  The space has been specially designed for ‘inclusive play’, which is focused on providing opportunities for children of all ages and abilities to socialise and play together.

“The play area includes numerous pieces of inclusive play equipment, such as a pod swing and accessible roundabout – which are designed for ideal transfer height from a wheelchair – a ground level trampoline, talk tubes, a special needs swing seat which is soon to be fitted, accessible junior play units and an accessible side-by-side spring rocker with side walls for child and carer to use.

“The Council is committed to providing play facilities that are inclusive for everyone to experience and we look forward to seeing the space used and enjoyed.”

The council is currently adding the finishing touches to a state-of-the-art children’s play park which will replace the one which had stood at the Palace site for a number of years.

So far the response has been very positive with users giving great feedback on the new facility.

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