Newry 2020 Minecraft Challenge as youngsters present vision for world class city park

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Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

Newry 2020 recently hosted the final presentations of the Albert Basin Park Minecraft Challenge in the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre on Saturday, when teams from six local primary schools presented their vision for a world-class city park to the Council’s Park Working Group.

The panel also included the winners of the 2016 competition, the ‘Three Amigos’, who returned to give their opinions on the latest proposals.



All of the judges were blown away by the huge effort, creativity and attention to detail of the designs presented by the children.

Many teams included features to ensure the facilities were accessible, and the St Patrick’s team even included a beautiful sensory garden.



The Working Group decided that the team with the best presentation on the day was Team Hazel from St Ronan’s Primary School. Rio, Oran, Tom and Charlie demonstrated their design with a coherent journey through their vision, from the entrance, to their wildflower garden, basketball court and horse paddock – drawing the all important question from the audience “do you bring your own horse or can your hire one?”



Project organiser Jonny McCullagh said, “This has been a fantastic experience for all of us, and would like to thank everyone who participated – particularly the schools, parents and children, as well as the local politicians who took time out their busy schedules to join us at the final, including Gavin Malone, Liz Kimmins (with 4 month old Dáithí), Valerie Harte, Gary Stokes and Council Chairperson Charlie Casey.”



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