THE children of Clarecastle came together last weekend to prepare the ground for the new playground in the heart of the village. They agreed that many hands make light work and that they would do what they could to get things moving in advance of the big machinery arriving on-site on Monday.
It has been a long road but Clarecastle Community Development Ltd (CCDL) is delighted to see the physical work on the Clarecastle community playground commence at last.
“There were a number of unforeseen problems with the project, which caused major delays,” said Marie Clare Gorman, spokeswoman for CCDL, “but with the support of Clare County Council, Leader and the local community, we have overcome the difficulties and a playground is in sight.”
The playground is expected to be completed and in full use in June, just in time for the school summer holidays.
Most of the finance required from the community has been raised and it is hoped that the shortfall will be obtained through the buy-a-brick campaign that was launched last year. Individuals, families and businesses can buy an attractive stone that will be placed in the playground and will be engraved with a personal message. These have proved popular to date and can be purchased through the CCDL website, from Clarecastle Post Office or by emailing email@example.com.
There is also a possibility of sponsoring a bench or some pieces of equipment in the playground.