‘Play park success brings new challenges’ – McDonald

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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

McDonald said there has been some teething problems with the new play park

Sinn Féin Dromintee councillor Packie McDonald has commented following an emergency meeting regarding the new South Armagh Play facility at Slieve Gullion.

Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor McDonald said, “The new play park at Slieve Gullion has been a runaway success and while everybody is delighted with this it does bring its own problems which need to be addressed quickly. During the emergency council meeting on Wednesday 27th June several issues were raised such as the provision of additional toilets and refuse collection in the park.”

“I am pleased that the council have agreed to put additional bins throughout the park,” McDonald continued, “And I would encourage all of the people who visit the park to avail of these bins and to refrain from leaving any rubbish behind after their visit. There is also a commitment from council to look at installing portaloos to cope with demand and there is a possibility of council re-deploying a staff member to act as caretaker of the park.”

He added, “It is only natural with any new facility that there would be some teething problems but it is essential that these are worked out now to ensure that the play park remains a top attraction in the area. South Armagh and the Ring of Gullion is an area of outstanding natural beauty, it is up to all of us to work together to ensure that it remains so.”

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