Meadowlands Play Park Is On Its Way

First sod cut at Meadowlands Play Park. 

The first sod has been cut on a new play park in Downpatrick’s Meadowlands estate. Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is a delivery partner of the project alongside the Department for Communities (DfC), which provided funding of £217,000.

It is expected that construction of the new facility will be delivered by the end of March 2019.

Cllr Mark Murnin, Chairman of Newry Mourne and Down District Council, digs the first sod at the Meadowlands play park.

Newry Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin said: “This is an excellent example of what can be achieved through effective partnership working. The Meadowlands Community Association has worked with officials from the Council, Downpatrick Neighbourhood Renewal and Department for Communities to help provide and design this state-of-the-art play park for their community.”

Mr Danny Quinn, Chair of Meadowlands Community Association said: “The residents of Meadowlands are delighted with this facility. The health and wellbeing of our young people is imperative and this new play park will help achieve this in a safe and friendly environment. We would like to thank all those involved.”

John Ball, from DfC said: “The provision of this Neighbourhood Renewal funding will greatly benefit all those who live within the Meadowlands area of Downpatrick. This investment will provide a much needed facility for many young people within this community to come together for play and recreation. I look forward to it opening at the end of March.”

The Meadowlands Play Park project was identified through consultation with the local community, in particular with young people in the area. Newry Mourne and Down District Council will manage and maintain the facility in the future.