West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Consultation into Council Play Park Provision

Published: 12 March, 2019

Sinn Féin Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has welcomed imminent work to improve Play Park Facilities at the Gortin Glen Forest Park. She furthermore urged local people to have their input on how current council play park provision can be improved. Her comments come following a meeting between the Sinn Féin Representative and Kevin O'Gara, senior Environment and Place officer within Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.

Speaking following the meeting Councillor Fitzgerald said:

"Within the coming months the Playpark facilities at Gortin Glens Forest Park will be undergo a major refurbishment. Included in this will be more inclusive outdoor play for children of all abilities. This is fantastic news for parents and children in making them feel more inclusive and able to join in active play, thus making them more active and promoting good mental health.

"In tandem with this we will be taking forward a public consultation into our current play park provision across the district and I would ask local people to have their input into this. I recently met Environment and Place officer with Fermanagh and Omagh District council Kevin O 'Gara regarding the upgrade of Play Parks in the district. Kevin and his team are responsible for taking this task forward.

"Certainly, I as an elected Representative I have had representations that we can do more to improve facilities for children of all abilities and I raised these points with Kevin. I've also expressed the view that Autistic children should be accommodated, these children experience many sensory problems and social difficulties. Within this past year we have seen the success of one to one swimming coaches for Austistic children. I've asked that the council look into a sensory room for these children in the leisure centre as leisure facilities should be for all in our community

Adding his support to the call for the public to have their say Cllr Marty McColgan said:

"I know Kevin and his team have engaged with a number of disability groups aimed at increasing facilities, but we would call upon people with any suggestion to come forward and engage with the public consultation exercise. Without prejudicing the public consultation exercise it is clear that there is improvements to be made and this feedback will be vital in directing where these improvements will be made.

People can have their input until 18 March at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PlayParkSurvey