Blackskull Play Park

Closed 5 Jul 2019

Opened 24 Jun 2019

Feedback Updated 3 Sep 2019

We Asked

In our continuing effort to improve the quality of  play service provided by Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council, we carried out an online and postal survey to establish the number of children aged 0-14 years old in the Blackskull area that would avail of play facilities and how those children play.

You Said

Council received the following responses to the surveys:

Online survey – 59 responses received, total 133 children

Postal survey – 31 received, total  84 children

Therefore there are a total of 217 children in the local area.

We Did

It would be Council's recommendation to progress a new play park in the Blackskull area.  However, it should be noted that no site has been identified at present.

Overview

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council developed a Play Strategy in March 2017 to establish a framework that relates to the provision of fixed play and the development of non-fixed play, across the Borough.

At its core, the Play Strategy acknowledges that play is a natural and fundamental aspect of children and young people’s lives that supports growth and development across a range of developmental areas including:

  • Physical and mental health and wellbeing.
  • Social development.
  • Intellectual growth and learning.
  • Practical skills development.
  • Personal resilience, and
  • Establishing a connection to wider society and the community in which children live.

As part of the play strategy a 5 year Capital Play Development Programme (2018-2023) aimed at enhancing play value in established fixed play areas indentified as most in need, filling geographical gaps in provision (providing it meets the criteria as set out in the Play Stategy i.e. 150 Children) and removing redundant fixed play areas and transforming the resultant sites for community use.

Why We Are Consulting

In our continuing effort to improve the quality of service provided by Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council, we are carrying out a survey to establish the number of children aged 0-14 years old in the Blackskull area that would avail of play facilities and how those children play.

Council is committed to its equality and good relations duties as set out under section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and the Rural Need Act 2016 and as part of this consultation we would like to ensure that you/your organisation has every opportunity to express your view.