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Blacks Road Playground and Sensory Garden opens with Family Fun Day

14 Aug 2017
Families flocked to the new Blacks Road Playground and Sensory Garden in west Belfast at the weekend for a Fun Day to mark its official opening.

An investment of £200,000 by Belfast City Council has created a stimulating new playground featuring a range of play equipment for kids of all ages and abilities, brightly coloured safety surfacing, an accessible path, fencing to secure the site and tree planting to provide screening and privacy for adjacent properties. The Department for Communities also invested £130,000 to develop a sensory garden on site.

Visitors to Saturday’s event enjoyed a range of free activities including arts and crafts, laser tag, archery, a nature education and planting workshop and an urban sports, BMX and scooter display.

Councillor Matt Garrett, Deputy Chairperson of the Council’s People and Communities Committee said: “It was so rewarding to see people of all ages out enjoying the new facilities at Blacks Road on Saturday.

“Through our Belfast Agenda, we’ve committed to making the city a welcoming, safe, fair and inclusive place, where everyone experiences health and wellbeing. This investment in Blacks Road is not only providing a safe space for children and young people to play outdoors and get active, but it’s also creating an attractive place for people of all ages to come to socialise, relax and enjoy nature.”

The sensory garden, delivered by the Department for Communities, with support from Council through project design and management of the construction work on the project, creates an outdoor classroom, a willow den, community growing area, musical sensory zone, sand play area and specialist structures to promote motor skills development and spatial awareness.

A spokesperson for the Department for Communities said: “In line with the Department’s regeneration objectives, the sensory garden provides an interactive, stimulatory and fun learning environment for children of all abilities. It encourages children to explore their senses and develop knowledge of the physical and natural outdoor environment through play. It is a wonderful space that will provide much enjoyment for the children and young people of the area.”

For further details about Black’s Road and Belfast’s parks and open spaces, go to www.belfastcity.gov.uk/parks
Councillor Matt Garrett and Harry Moore from the Department for the Communities officially open the new Blacks Road playground and sensory garden The ribbon is cut to mark the opening of the new Blacks Road playground and sensory garden A family fun day was held at the event Blacks Road playground and sensory garden was opened with a fun day for all the family