The members of the Dromahane Community Park Group are this week busy planning the establishment of their very own community playground after receiving funding of just over €97,000 from the North Cork Local Action Group (LAG) through its implementing partner Avondhu Blackwater Partnership. The funding is provided as part of the Leader Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020.
Welcoming the funding, local councillor John Paul O’ Shea who is a committee member of Cork County Council’s North Cork LAG said “this is wonderful news for Dromahane and for the community it serves. Dromahane like many other villages in the county has grown considerably in recent years with a significant number of young families choosing to live in the area. The creation of a community playground will enhance the community life of the village and will also help to address the current identified needs of the area”.
The new playground which will be installed in Dromahane Community Park over the coming months will be one of the first ‘all inclusive’ playgrounds in North Cork. Mary Manning, Chairperson of Dromahane Community Park Group stressed “that having an all inclusive playground is very important for us. We wanted to ensure that when we created this amenity that it would be utilised by all children of the area and beyond. We are commencing a very busy but interesting journey with the development of the six acre park in Dromahane, one I hope the people of Dromahane will join with us in and help us develop the Park over the coming years. There will also be a significant amount of local matching funds spent on the new playground bring the total expenditure to approx €130,000 in the new playground. I want to thank everyone who has helped us and sponsored us on this journey to date”.
You can take a whistle stop tour of the proposed new community playground in Dromahane by clicking on the following link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B669INXZT0mbWFpZRkNjZzhwYms/view
Ms. Valerie Murphy, CEO of Avondhu Blackwater Partnership said “We in Avondhu Blackwater Partnership are delighted to support Dromahane Community Park Group in the development of their new playground which will provide another key focal point within the village for families to enjoy and integrate within their community. The people of Dromahane have responded well over the years to the many new developments within the village and I am sure they will now embrace this new community playground also and strive to make their village a nice, enjoyable and positive place to live”.
Additional Information on LEADER North Cork:
The North Cork Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) – a Committee of Cork County Council – is the LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) for North Cork. The LAG manages the allocation of just over €5.1 million in LEADER funding across North Cork for the period up to 2020. The programme is being rolled out by a consortium of the North Cork LAG and the three local development companies operating in the North Cork as implementing partners namely; Avondhu Blackwater Partnership CLG, Ballyhoura Development CLG and IRD Duhallow CLG.
The LEADER Programme supports local and community projects across a diverse range of themes. More information on LEADER North Cork is available at http://leadernorthcork.com/