WORKS are set to begin by the end of this year on a new £295,000 state-of-the-art children’s play park in Newtownstewart.
To be situated at lands adjacent to Mourne Park and Mourne Walk in the town, the facility will include zip lines, swings and roundabouts and according to council is “aimed at promoting social interaction and physical activity among children and young people in the area.”
However the good news was particularly welcomed by one local woman, who has been campaigning for a new town centre play facility for the past five years.
Amanda McConomy said she was “absolutely ecstatic” that work on establishing the park will soon begin.
Back in 2014, Ms McConomy marked the 20th anniversary of her sister Nicole’s death.
Nicole McConomy perished in a sewage plant accident in 1994, aged just eight-years-old.
At the time, Ms McConomy said that this death could have been averted, if children in the area had had a safe play area in which to congregate.
“Work is due to begin in October and there’s a five-month work time, depending on the weather,” the local woman said.
“And there’s going to be a blossom tree planted at the park, in memory of Nicole.
“I’m absolutely ecstatic and so pleased to think that this time next year local children will have a play park to go to.”
Ms McConomy also paid tribute to local councillor, Kieran McGuire, whom, she says has played a pivotal role in furthering the play park cause at council level.
“I’m entirely grateful to him,” she continued. “I’d like to take this opportunity to publicly thank him for all his support and help.”
Structural engineering consultancy firm Taylor and Boyd have been appointed to progress the scheme which Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Michaela Boyle, says will be an excellent addition for families and children in the town to visit and enjoy.
“This is great news for the people of Newtownstewart and will bring significant benefits to the entire local community in terms of leisure and play provision,” she said.