Glenarm Play Area officially opens with community celebration

Deputy Mayor Cheryl Johnston at the official opening of the play park.

Glenarm Play Area has been officially opened by Mid and East Antrim’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Cheryl Johnston.

A large group of community representatives, councillors, council staff and school children turned out for the special event.

Speaking at the opening, Cllr Johnston, said: “The past year has been a busy one for this historic village of Glenarm.

“Council has been working with the Glenarm Regeneration Plan Steering Group to prepare a significant Framework for Development for the council-owned lands in the village.

“A public consultation has been undertaken to capture the community feedback and aspirations to help direct the council’s future development and investment within the village.

“The installation of this new play park is a demonstration of Council’s commitment to investing in Glenarm village and draws on the village’s maritime heritage.

“Play is also incredibly important for the health and well-being of our children and young people, and in the New Year the council will be launching its first ever Play Strategy for Mid and East Antrim. This strategy will set the direction for play in the borough for the next five years.

“The opening of this play park demonstrates Council’s commitment to delivering quality play provision across the borough. I hope this new park is enjoyed by children and young people for many years to come.”

Cllr Johnston thanked The Glenarm Regeneration Plan Steering Group, led by elected members; Council Chief Executive Anne Donaghy, and community representatives, including Frances Wilson, Leslie Morrow, Jacky Geary and Adrian Morrow. The Deputy Mayor also paid tribute to council staff involved in the project.

Cllr Johnston concluded with a special thanks to Seaview Primary School pupils, who sang carols for guests, and to community representatives who provided hot drinks and treats at Bridge Hall.

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