New play space will benefit local families

By William O'Connor

A BRAND-NEW play space for the local children has been officially opened at Ballymount Park, in Tallaght.

On Thursday, October 17 the Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Councillor Vicki Casserly declared the  playground at Ballymount Park to be open to the public.

SDCC Ballymount Park Playspace 15 of 16 Photo Ben Ryan compressor

Mayor Vicki Casserly with David Fennell (Parks dept), Ray Grealy (SDCC Parks Maintenance), Christine Evans, Laurence Colleran (Senior Executive Parks Superintendent), Fionnula Collins (Parks Landscape Architect), Cllr Eoin O’Broin, Cayman Keenan (SDCC Parks Maintenance), Paul Allen (Parks dept) and Oisín Egan (SDCC Public Realm) at the official Playspace opening at Ballymount Park

Speaking at the event, Mayor Cllr Vicki Casserly said: “Residents in this area have always advised that this would be a suitable location for a playspace and it has turned out to be very successful.

Since the playspace has opened, there has been an increase in family groups using the park and everyone is getting more exercise and fresh air.”

 Natural play has benefits for children in terms of increasing mental and physical well-being, developing imagination and allowing children to assess risk and develop their coping abilities.

 The Mayor went on to pay tribute to the local community for their support of the popular playground and of Ballymount Park, and to the work of the council staff in managing the project and maintaining the playground.

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