The North side of Drogheda has seen significant population growth over the past ten years but, while the number of homes has grown, there has been a deficit in facilities for families and children. According to Cllr Pio Smith though, this is about to change.
“I am delighted to announce that Louth County Council have provisional plans to install a new children's playground in the Glen at Newfoundwell” Cllr Smith said.
“I have worked closely with Ged Nash TD and council officials over the past twelve months to source a suitable piece of ground to create a play area and thankfully we have identified the Glen as a suitable location.”
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Councillor Smith told Drogheda Life that architects have drawn up preliminary plans for the playground which will be built across the road from the new apartments in Newfoundwell, however there might be some modifications when the tendering process takes place.
“This is a good news story for families who live on the North Side of town as they will no longer need to travel to Dominic's Park on the South Side" Cllr. Smith said.
“In fairness to the Chief Executive Joan Martin, she has always said that the North Side of town needs a new playground and has worked hard to ensure that we get one.”
The Glen Playground plans will feature in the Capital Budget of Louth County Council for 2024. The Council’s public Realm team will visit a number of newly constructed playgrounds in the Dublin area to ensure that we get the best possible design for the area.
“When the design is agreed, a tendering process will take place, a suitable builder will be identified and construction will begin.
“The playground fits with the new outdoor gym equipment for senior citizens which I secured with council officials for the Glen and will be an area for young and old to enjoy together."
“Deputy Ged Nash said: “hopefully, all going well, we should see the sod being turned on his playground in Q4 next year.”