The brand new Reaghstown Community Playground could be open as soon as next month – but the group behind the project are relying on donations from the public to complete the funding drive for the new facility.
The playground will be situated at the Westerns GFC gaelic ground in the village and the planning and development stages of the project are complete. The committee behind the playground are looking to raise a final €10,000 to go towards a football/basketball area, fencing, gates, ramps, signage, seating and a picnic area.
Anyone – local or otherwise – can donate to the cause online at the playground’s GoFundMe page and can find even more information on the new Facebook page which accompanies the fundraising effort.
Late last year, the project was boosted to the tune of €42,500 from the government’s Town and Village Renewal Scheme – part of a €10 million investment in small rural communities nationwide.
Hopes of installing a brand new playground at the Westerns GFC ground in Reaghstown have been long-standing and now the project is edging ever closer towards completion. Situated with the old tennis court at the entrance of the ground, a specialist contractor has already been been secured to install the equipment.
Speaking to ThisIsArdee.ie today, committee member Joanne Donnelly said that the response to the fundraising so far has been overwhelmingly positive.
“We have funding in place but it’s another €10,000 we have to raise. We have over €2,000 raised already in seven days on the GoFundMe page so now we’re going door-to-door. We have a lot of areas to cover and so far we’re getting a brilliant response.
“We’re covering Reaghstown and the Cookstown area,” she continued. “The playground will be for the whole parish, it’s for public use for anyone that’s passing by.”
“The playground is ordered. Two thirds of it is going to be a playground and one third of it is going to be a kickball area. It’s great that within a year we’ll have a playground and a walking track. Anyone outside of our area can still donate on the page. Every penny counts.”
It is hoped that the facility will be open to children next month. The playground will provide a much needed facility for families within the Reaghstown and wider Mid-Louth community. The locals behind the project say it will allow young children to be active and develop social skills whilst also giving parents and grandparents the opportunity to meet new people.
You can play your part by donating to the playground on the GoFundMe page by clicking here.