​​£400,000 play park boost for three areas including Ballykeel

A budget of £400,000 has been set aside to deliver replacement play parks including in the Ballykeel area of Ballymena.

Other schemes are at Ballygally and Legg Park in Carrickfergus.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council wants your input on the play equipment which will be installed.

Championing the role that play parks serve in the local communities, the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim has welcomed this investment.

Councillor Peter Johnston said: “We want to improve the mental and physical health of all of the children in Mid and East Antrim by providing sustainable and affordable play parks.

“Establishing better quality play parks is part of our wider ambition to ensure that communities have a real sense of identity and place, and that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy them.

“This Council is determined to supply and look after our parks for future generations to enjoy.

“I would encourage everyone to submit their views on what equipment they feel should be included so these play areas are inclusive for everyone.”

All-new play facilities in the Ballykeel area will be centralised at Ballykeel community centre play area.

Legg Park play area is also one of three play areas which will benefit from the first round of investment under the strategy.

Located off the Belfast Road in Carrick, Legg Park commemorates the life of 2nd Lieutenant Charles Legg who died during WW1 aged just 25.

A memorial stands within the park and was once topped with a statue of Peter Pan in tribute to the ‘boy who never grew up’.

It is envisaged that the three new play areas will be completed by Easter 2021.

A Council press release says ‘Much excitement lies ahead as officers plan the new play parks and Council welcomes your feedback regarding the content of the new facilities’.

Please follow the links to submit your views.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Ballykeelplayarea

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Ballygallyplayarea

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LeggParkPlay

The surveys will close at 4pm on Monday 12 October.

Should you wish to discuss this survey and the proposals for the new play parks please contact the Development Manager, Claire Duddy, at claire.duddy@midandeastantrim.gov.uk or alternatively, please call on 028 9335 8279

The Council press release added: ‘As always we will be seeking to make our play areas more inclusive through this investment process whilst making the most of the historical value or setting of each play area.’

The surveymonkey link contains the following information:

‘Ballykeel Play Area Survey – Introduction – Earlier this year Mid and East Antrim Borough Council made a commitment to deliver a Play Investment Strategy for the Borough. The Strategy was agreed following months of discussions with Councillors representing each of the District Electoral Areas.

‘Under the Strategy it is recognised that Ballykeel, Ballymena has 3 play areas which are in various states of disrepair. Maintaining all 3 play areas is no longer sustainable and Council has agreed to invest in all-new facilities at the central play facility next to the community centre.’

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