Latest press release from Cllr Jodie Neary, issued on Thursday, October 22nd 2020…
Social Democrats Cllr for Greystones, Delgany, Kilcoole and Newcastle, Jodie Neary has organised a successful Playground Clean Up Group involving local parents.
The group meets every Sunday from 10am-11am to clean up the much-used Greystones South Beach playground.
Cllr Jodie Neary says, “It had become apparent that our beloved playground at South Beach has been showing its love recently primarily because it has been so well used by locals and people coming from other counties to use it. It has been seen as one of the most accessible playgrounds in the country and so it is only natural that it will experience some wear and tear over time.
“I thought why not get some parents together and their kids to help clean up the rubbish, any broken glass or other hazards and to move sand back into the sandpit keeping the paths free of any obstruction, crucial for children with wheelchairs so they can continue accessing the playground.
“A lot of the sand gets blown by wind and rain onto the paths and into equipment so our group of parents have come along with shovels, garden brushes and even children get stuck in moving sand back into the pit.
“The Council were very helpful in providing us with hi-vis vests, bags and litter pickers to help with the clean up and Greystones Tidy Towns and Junior Tidy Towns have given me access to their equipment as well which has been very helpful. I want to thank them for their help.
“I have to give a big thank you to the parents who have brought an immense sense of community. All of us are meeting new people, forming new connections and exchanging ideas as well as providing me with valuable feedback on other aspects of the playground. It’s also been positive for the parents and families who are using the playground while we clean up around them – they have often commented on the great work we are doing as well as asking how they can also help.
“Unfortunately, during Level 5 restrictions, it won’t be possible to meet for the next 6 weeks, however I will be keeping up some of the maintenance as well as meeting with the Council to see if improvements can be made until we meet up again hopefully when restrictions are lifted. The Playground Clean Up Group will be an important mechanism for feeding concerns back into the Council and I look forward to keeping it going.
“I am hoping to replicate this for Kilcoole Playground and am currently in talks with some parents to see how we can do this while also addressing some of the anti-social behaviour at the playground,” concludes Cllr Neary.
Update: Little Tern Park Playground clean-up group now meets every Saturday, 10am to 11am.
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