New £60,000 play area for Drumbawn/Drumbeg

Matthew James can't help smiling as he has a go on the zip line at the newly opened play park

Matthew James can’t help smiling as he has a go on the zip line at the newly opened play park

A £60,000 children’s play park which includes an ability roundabout has officially opened in the Drumbeg area in Enniskillen.

Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, councillor Thomas O’Reilly, was on hand to open the new play area for the Drumbeg and Drumbawn areas in the town on Monday. The new play area, with a range of high quality play equipment including swings, seesaw, climbing frames and fireman’s pole, was completed at a cost of £60,000. The equipment installed also includes an ability whirl roundabout which is suitable for wheelchair users. The council has said that the development of this new play area is a continuation of their programme to provide bright, modern play facilities for children right across the district.  Charlie McClintock, chairman of the Drumcarran Community Association, told the Fermanagh Herald: “This new play area is very important for young children.


I’ve been living her now for 30 years and this is the first time there has been a social prevision for our young children and play is part of the healthy development of children and gets them out into the fresh air. It gets them exercising and away from computers and TVs and they learn social skills when they are playing which is so important.

“This has been in the making for six years, it took four years for the Housing Executive to transfer the land over to the council and once that happened the council acted very quickly.

“The comunity here is very happy. There’s more to come with the bus stop and the community project which has been designed by teenagers and primary schoolchildren from the area so it’s a boost and visual asset to the area. Passing traffic will see it’s a very well maintained estate and the most important thing is that we have some of the best children in Enniskillen so I’m delighted for them.”

Councillor O’Reilly said: “The council recognises the importance of well-equipped, safe attractive play areas for the development of the children of the district. Physical activity and exercise are vitally important for a healthy lifestyle for them, and I hope that this play area will be well used with local youngsters having fun outdoors. I am particuarly pleased to see the inclusion of the wheel-chair accessible roundabout so that less able children can have fun also.”

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