North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’ Shea said Cork children will benefit from over €250,000 in funding for six local playgrounds.
North Cork will reap the benefits of the funding with four playgrounds approve for refurbishment:
Newmarket playground – €49,500
Kilbrin playground – €49,500
Tullylease Playground – €46,669.50
Banteer Playground – €50,000
Cllr. O’ Shea said “This is great news for children and families in our communities and will ensure they continue to enjoy high quality and safe playgrounds. At a time when outdoor activities are often overlooked for hi-tech games, we must ensure our playgrounds and areas are exciting, and engaging for young minds. This funding will ensure our children enjoy state-of-the-art facilities here in Cork.
Cllr. O’ Shea added “Since 2016, the CLÁR Programme has provided funding to over 1,100 projects under various measures, including funding for 265 play and multi-use games area projects around the country. Communities themselves throughout Cork have raised funds and worked with Cork County Council to put forward these projects for funding and this cooperation is to be acknowledged and welcomed. These projects are excellent examples of what can be done when everyone works together – resulting in new and improved recreational resources for children and communities in rural areas in County Cork”.
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, said: “I am delighted to be in a position to announce funding under the CLÁR programme of €2.78 million for play areas in rural communities. This follows on from last week’s announcement of funding of €4.8 million for safety measures around schools and community facilities in CLÁR areas. These projects will make the areas in which they are located more attractive places for families to live in and settle, in line with the aim of the CLÁR programme.”
“Partnership and community involvement is vital in all areas of life and that partnership and the community spirit that has been evident to me in the small rural towns and villages all across the country in recent years under my Department’s initiatives such as the CLÁR programme, the Rural Recreation Schemes and the Town & Village Renewal Scheme.”
Note to Editors:
The CLÁR programme is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and forms part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development.
CLÁR 2018 was announced in March 2018 with applications invited under 3 Measures:
o Measure 1: Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures
o Measure 2: Play Areas (Including MUGA’s)
o Measure 3: First Response Support Measure
Successful projects under Measures 3 will be announced in the near future.