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New £60,000 state-of-the-art play area opened in Hamiltonsbawn

A new £60,000 state-of-the-art dual use play area has been officially opened in Hamiltonsbawn.

Armagh City and District Council, in partnership with Hamiltonsbawn Primary School and the Southern Education and Library Board, are delighted to announce the official opening of the much needed outdoor play area at Hamiltonsbawn Primary School.

The investment, funded by Armagh City and District Council, was undertaken as a joint initiative with Hamiltonsbawn Primary School and the SELB and has resulted in the development of a dual use play area.

Throughout the day the play area will be used by the school and, outside of those hours, it will be opened to the wider community.

Councillors from the Cusher Ward expressed their delight, saying: “The development of this play park for the people of Hamiltonsbawn is well overdue and we are delighted once again to see the Council the local primary school and the SELB working in partnership to deliver what will be a valuable resource that can be used by everyone within the wider community.

“It is really important that Armagh City and District Council, along with government departments and agencies, continue to invest in rural communities. The importance of outdoor recreation is very significant, and this external space will provide a fantastic resource to improve the health and well-being of future generations.”

Mrs Karen Hunter, acting Principal of Hamiltonsbawn Primary School, said: “The new play park is a very exciting development and will be a great asset to the school and community. The children have been watching its development with great interest and are very excited. It will be used to enhance the children’s physical development.”

The Reverend Neville Hughes, chairperson of the Board of Governors at Hamiltonsbawn Primary, commented: “We welcome this play park, not only for the Hamiltonsbawn area, but for our school in particular, as it will bring an added dimension to the facilities offered by the school.”

Mr Paul Crooks, from the Southern Education and Library Board, added: “The SELB welcomes the opportunity to work in partnership with Armagh City and District Council in order to provide outdoor play facilities for both the pupils of the Hamiltonsbawn Primary School and the community.

“With this new playground being situated within the grounds of the school, it provides an example of best practice, in utilising the school grounds for the use of the community and, in doing so, continuing to place the school within the hub of the community.”

The play park is used during school hours by Hamiltonsbawn Primary and is open to the general public April to September: Monday to Friday 3.30pm – 9.00pm, Saturday 9.00am – 9.00pm and Sunday 12.00pm – 9.00pm. October to March: Monday to Friday 3.30pm – 5.00pm, Saturday 9.00am to 5.00pm and Sunday 12.00pm to 5.00pm.

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