New play park opens at Orangefield
17 Jun 2019
Children from Bloomfield Community Association joined Belfast City Council and the Department for Communities at the newly refurbished Orangefield Play Park in east Belfast to mark its recent opening.
The new and improved facility, which cost £190,000, includes equipment selected to make it as accessible as possible for everyone.
New toddler-focused equipment include springers, cradle swings and a multi play unit. For older children there is a climbing net, swings, rockers and balance beams. Other specially selected inclusive and accessible equipment include a ‘play panel’ fence, an ‘eco rain wheel’, an inclusive roundabout, inclusive springers and special needs seats.
Alderman Brian Kingston, Chair of Belfast City Council’s Strategic Policy and Resources Committee, said: “I’m delighted to visit this fantastic new play park, and to meet some of the children from Bloomfield Community Association who have been really looking forward to its opening.
“Investing in initiatives to improve the health and wellbeing of all our citizens is one of the priorities of the Belfast Agenda, the community plan for the city, so this a welcome addition to the area. Its location adjacent to the hugely popular Connswater Community Greenway should ensure that it gets a lot of visitors.”
Gregory Reid from the Department for Communities said: “The Department has a strong relationship with Belfast City Council, based on many years of co-operation. In line with the Department’s regeneration objectives, this playground provides an interactive and fun learning environment for children of all abilities. It is a wonderful space that will provide much enjoyment for the children and young people of the area.”
This project is one of 13 capital projects being delivered by Belfast City Council in 2018-2019 with support from the Department for Communities. In total, these jointly funded projects represent a combined investment of £5.2m.
The opening of the new play park will be celebrated with a free family fun event from 1pm to 3pm on 7 July.