Lurgan Park Play Park Site Consultation

Closed 8 Apr 2019

Opened 25 Mar 2019

Feedback Updated 7 Oct 2019

We Asked

As part of Council’s Capital Play Development Programme, the play park in Lurgan Park has been designated for refurbishment with an investment of £250,000. 

It was suggested that the current existing site (Site 1) might not be in the best location and a potential new site (Site 2) had been identified close to the entrance at Waves Leisure Complex, Robert Street. 

Council asked residents for their views on which site they feel would better suit the new District Play Park in Lurgan Park

You Said

Responses:

Site 1: Total responses 136 = 33.58%

Site 2: Total responses 268 = 66.17%

We Did

The majority of respondants agreed that site 2, beside Waves Leisure Complex (Robert Street entrance) was the most suitable site. 

However, after this survey closed a public meeting was held and Council was contacted regarding a number of potential difficulties using the site chosen.

Council asked for guidance from Heritage Lottery Fund and Health & Safety in relation to the site; their advice stated that the site identified  (site 2) could not be used for the new play area.

The play area will remain in the existing site (subject to planning permission), however, it will be larger and will have all the equipment that was previously chosen as part of the consultation with schools and the public.

To view the 3D walkthgough video of Lurgan Park new play area; please scroll down to the link below:

Results Updated 4 Oct 2019

Option for location of new play area 

 

 

Total

 

Percent of All

Site 1 - existing site

136

33.58%

Site 2 - new site

268

66.17%

Not Answered

0

0%

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Overview

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

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.

Council have established a Capital Play Development Programme for the coming 5 year period aimed at enhancing play value in those fixed play areas in most need, filling geographical gaps in provision and removing redundant fixed play areas and transforming the resultant sites for community use.

Why We Are Consulting

As part of Council’s Capital Play Development Programme the play park in Lurgan Park has been designated for refurbishment, with an investment of £250,000. 

It has been suggested that the current existing site (Site 1) may not be in the best location due to the distance from appropriate car parking and toilet facilities.  Taking this into consideration various site visits have taken place and a potential new site (Site 2) has been identified which is close to the entrance at Waves Leisure Complex, Robert Street.  This site is close to the toilet facilities at Waves and Cush Pavilion as well as existing car parking at Waves and Robert Street.

Council would like to hear residents views on which site they feel would better suit the District Play Park which is designated for Lurgan Park. 

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 its view.

What Happens Next

Once a site has been agreed, Council will then submit a concept design and carry out further consultations with stakeholders on the equipment selection, layout and design.