Work has recently been completed on the new extension to Ardee playground – with the popular public amenity now offering more than ever for parents and young children in the area.
In total, 10 new pieces have been added to the playground in the expansion. You can view a full gallery of images of the new playground pieces below.
The extension comes after Ardee was awarded €72,250 from last year’s Town and Village Renewal Scheme, where 170 towns and villages across the country benefitted from a total pot of €10 million.
Last year, new rubber surface tiles were laid and new tiny tots equipment for smaller children were installed in an upgrade to the tune of €16,000.
“I’m over the moon, it’s brilliant,” she said. “It’s great to see the park being used so much in the summer months. The extension is another little piece that brings it up to the standard of other playgrounds, like in Kilanny. It’s great to see but there’s even more funding needed.”
Minogue believes that the final piece of the playground jigsaw would be a zipline, just like the one that has proved so popular in Kilanny, near Carrickmacross.
“A zipline would really finish the park off. There always seems to be a queue for it in Kilanny and I will be requesting that funding is provided for one in Ardee in the future.”
The councillor also feels that a small skate ramp could be accommodated in the area of the Fair Green and she says people locally want it.
“There is people who want it and if we can provide that, then we’re catering for everybody. It’s something hopefully we can get done the line. I have raised it a few times. Even if it’s just 10 people who request it, their needs as are important as everyone else.
The summer months – and the good weather we’re all hopeful it brings – will see usage of the playground in Ardee increase and as ever, the problem of parking at the amenity will once again be an even greater concern for parents trying to access the Fair Green.
Minogue confirmed that the previously reported plan of ‘borrowing’ a traffic warden from Dundalk or Drogheda was still an objective of Louth County Council but that move had yet to be sanctioned. She said it was a “no-win situation” is trying to accommodate people using local amenities and those who need parking before commuting to work out of town.
“A happy medium is needed because it’s not fair at the moment,” she said.
All photography by Adrian Crawley Photography.