New children's play park for Coshquin

Thu, 18/06/2020 - 07:59 -- Editor

Derry City and Strabane District Council's Planning Committee have approved plans for a new play park in the Coshquin area of the City.

The approval for the park at lands adjacent to Little Acorns Pre-School and opposite the Cosh Bar follows an extensive community engagement process with local families in the area.

The new park will include play equipment, safety surfacing, seats, access infrastructure and landscaping works.

"I am delighted that the Coshquin Play Park project has reached this important stage after a significant community engagement and design process in recent years," he said.

"As a Council, outdoor play provision for children is a key priority in our Strategic Growth Plan and we have invested significantly in parks and facilities throughout the District over recent years.

"We believe the provision of outdoor play facilities is critically important both for the health and wellbeing of our young people and in offering a focal point for parents to meet while their children play."

Other successful applications for community facilities at Wednesday's Virtual Planning meeting, broadcast live on Council's YouTube channel, included a new amenity space at Claudy, a new bus shelter in Park Village, a ball stop at Newbuildings Playing Pitches and Community Centre Signage at Trench Road.

 The Planning Committee were meeting in a virtual setting for the first time after the Covid 19 restrictions forced the cancellation of Council committee meetings in March.