Cllr McCarthy Welcomes Playground Upgrade at Rosary Place


Cllr Susan McCarthy has expressed her delight in securing €63,000 in funding for the old playground at Rosary Place in Midleton. The area, which is beside the Midleton Community and Recreation Centre, is badly in need of an upgrade according to the Fine Gael Councillor.
“I first put down a motion four or five years ago on the need to upgrade this play area, which has become very old and tired looking over the last number of years” she says. “Usually there has to be community involvement, but Rosary Place and Riverside Estate are more mature estates, so I argued that this play area, if upgraded and brought back to use, could serve many other residential estates to the south of the town at Castleredmond, the Cotswolds, and even Ballinacurra residents coming in the Bailick Rd. Also Beechwood, Oakwood, Carraig Liath and RockGrove are not too far away.”
“The Municipal District was the first port of call and we managed to secure €15,000 from the Town Development Fund” Cllr McCarthy added, “and then we applied to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs who allocated a further €24,000. I asked if Council could put up match funding of €24,000 and Muncicipal District operations, which oversees parks and playgrounds agreed to help out. I’m delighted, after so long literally having to beg, borrow and steal to get funding in place, that the upgrade will finally happen” she said.
“This will be complemented by the redevelopment of the town park leading in from the Baby’s Walk to Midleton Lodge, which, following another motion of mine and various representations I’ve made over the years, we also got good news on today. I’ve long argued that Midleton needs more amenity and with the Greenway, the park and now this playground upgrade, all the work has paid off and it seems it will all finally be happening in the next 18 months!” she concluded. Work is due to commence on the playground in the coming months.