Press Release: 18th June, 2014
Cork’s First Inclusive Playground Announced
for Fitzgerald’s Park, Cork, in June 2015
Cork City Council has today announced the development of Cork’s first inclusive playground that will enable children with disabilities to play alongside abled children. The new playground will be located within the site of the existing play area in Fitzgerald’s Park in Cork and will open in June 2015. It is intended to become a national model in best practice for the provision of inclusive playgrounds in Ireland. A total of €300,000 will be invested in this new playground facility.
The public, outdoor playground will be an age-appropriate and safe environment that will encompass sensory rich structures to encourage play for all children, but especially those with developmental disabilities. It will also create a fun space for fostering friendships and understanding among children of all abilities.
Cork City Council is seeking landscape architect-led design and project management teams to tender for the contract to bring this concept to life. ( see etenders.gov.ie)
Commenting on the plans for the new playground, Mr Jim O Donovan of the Environment & Recreation Directorate at Cork City Council said, “We are really excited to be establishing Cork’s first inclusive playground. We know that this facility will help integrate children of all abilities in learning and playing together. We hope too that the playground will build public awareness of the benefits of integrated play while allowing the children to experience a fun-filled atmosphere.”
Key partners engaged with this project to date include: Bon Secours Hospital Cork, the National Disability Authority, and Cork Access.
The Bons Secours Hospital Cork are delighted to joint fund the project as a means of celebrating their centenary next year, the City Council acknowledging that the project could not proceed without such generous support.
For further information contact:
Stephen Scully, Communication Liaison Officer, Recreation & Sport, Cork City Council