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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Capital Expenditure Programme

Photo of Seán SherlockSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour)
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1146. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of applications received for capital works for playgrounds; the local authorities that applied; and the projects applied for in tabular form. [6579/20]

Photo of Katherine ZapponeKatherine Zappone (Dublin South West, Independent)
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My Department announced the opening of the Capital Grant Funding Scheme for the refurbishment of existing playgrounds and / or the incorporation of natural play spaces on the 20th February 2020. The scheme was open to all 31 Local Authorities to make 1 application with a maximum of 3 projects.

This year 27 Local Authorities applied for funding in respect of 49 individual projects. The following table details the Local Authorities who applied for the funding and a description of the projects proposed.

Local Authority Project Approved/Refused  Amount  
Roscommon P1 Lecarrow Playground; Installation of additional Sensory & Accessible

Play Panels and replacement of the existing cradle swing seat with a Disabled

Approved €2,357
Roscommon P2 Ballyforan Playground; replace equipment with new inclusive equipment Approved €3,598
Roscommon P3 Monksland Playground; Replacement of existing basket swing with a Disabled Swing and to replace the existing rotating disc with an Orbit Inclusive Roundabout. Approved €8,042
Cavan Con Smith Park Playground (Multi Play Unit)  -  Refurbishment Works Phase 2 Approved €12,744
Clare Rainbow Park Playground refurbishment Approved €16,500
Cork City P1 The Lough Playground refurbishment Approved €7,500
Cork City P2 Shalom Park Playground Refurbishment; New double swing unit and safer surfacing to be installed Approved €3,750
Cork City P3 Meelick Park Playground refurbishment; New double swing unit and safer

surfacing installed.
Approved €3,750
Cork County Create a new Natural Play Playground Refused
Donegal Ard na Ri Playground refurbishment Approved €19,500
Dublin City Phase 3 - Re-imagining Stardust Playground refurbishment Approved €22,500
Fingal Robswall Playground; upgrade of existing playground in Malahide, increase accessibility and inclusivity Approved €16,500
Galway City P1 Doughiska Playground refurbishment; Refurbishment with a mix of natural play features and accessible equipment to the existing playground Approved €9,750
Galway City P2 An Sean Bhaile Playground; upgrading the two existing playgrounds to make the playgrounds more inclusive for all children regardless of ability. Approved €9,750
Galway County P1 Refurbishment of Tirboy Playground Tuam Approved €9,750
Galway County P2 Gort Road Playground Loughrea; refurbishment to include natural play elements Approved €5,500
Galway County P3 Refurbishment of St. Michaels Playground Ballinasloe Approved €3,250
Kerry P1 Ballybunnion Playground refurbishment; Replace and augment existing equipment Approved €3,750
Kerry P2 Fenit Playground; Replace and augment existing equipment Approved €11,000
Kildare Leixlip Playground; Regeneration and extension of existing playground. Approved €16,500
Kilkenny P1 Refurbishment of Graiguenamanagh Playground Approved €2724
Kilkenny P2 Refurbishment of Thomastown Playground Approved €2,233
Kilkenny P3 Refurbishment of Castlecomer Playground Approved €1,000
Laois Rathdowney Playground; Refurbishment & Accessibility Upgrade Approved €22,500
Leitrim Drumshanbo Acres Lake Playground; refurbishment of junior unit Approved €22,500
Limerick P1 Refurbishment of Castleconnell Playground Approved €4,650
Limerick P2 Refurbishment of Abbeyfeale Playground Approved €4,800
Limerick P3 Refurbishment of Newcastlewest Playground Approved €5,550
Longford Refurbishment and extension of Granard Playground; Refurbishment of Playground and inclusion of natural play elements. Approved €16,250
Louth St. Dominic’s Playground Improvement, Drogheda, Co Louth; to include refurbishment of the existing play equipment and installation of natural play equipment. Approved €16,500
Mayo Playground at Leisure Centre Westport; Upgrade and replace sections of the safety surfacing and repair and/or replace existing equipment. Approved €16,500
Meath Clogherboy Playground, Skatepark and MUGA; Repairs and refurbishment to be carried out. Approved €19,500
Monaghan Refurbishment & extension of O’Neill Park Playground, Clones Approved €19,500
Offaly P1 Lloyd Town Park, Tullamore Playground; Repair of playground equipment & upgrade of playground seating. Approved €4,219
Offaly P2 Connolly / Kearney Playground, Tullamore;

repair of playground equipment
Approved €1,406
Offaly P3 Birr Playground refurbishment; Addition of equipment such as wheelchair swing, provide for wheelchair access to carousel and provision of additional lighting Approved €7,500
Sligo P1 Refurbishment at Ballymote Playground Approved €4,988
Sligo P2 Refurbishment works at Riverstown Playground Refused
Sligo P3 Refurbishment works at Dromore West Playground Refused
South Dublin Corkagh Park Playground; refurbishment and addition of a Natural Play Trail. Approved €24,000 
Tipperary P1 Elm Park Playground, Clonmel, Co Tipperary; Upgrading the existing facility to ensure longevity and continuous use of this amenity within the Elm

Park Estate.
Approved €8,250
Tipperary P2 Fairgreen Playground, Carrick-on-Suir; Refurbishment of Playground Approved €8,250
Waterford P1 Waterford City Manor St John Playground; Installation of inclusive swings, double  slide and  inclusive  roundabout Approved €11,550
Waterford P2 Tramore Inclusion Park Playground; Installation of a new inclusive peddle go-round Approved €4,950
Westmeath P1 Clonmellon Playground upgrade works Approved €5,000
Westmeath P2 Killucan Playground upgrade works Approved €5,000
Westmeath P3 Ballinahown village playground upgrade Approved €7,500
Wicklow P1 Wicklow Town Murrough playground – all-inclusive play element to be

Approved €5,625
Wicklow P2 Wicklow Town Ballynerrin Playground refurbishment Approved €12,375

Of the 49 project applications , 46 were approved for funding with 3 projects failing to meet the minimum criteria. Local Authorities could apply for funding for the refurbishment of existing playgrounds and / or the incorporation of natural play spaces. The funding scheme was not open to applications for new playgrounds or new natural play spaces.

The following criteria applied to funding under the DCYA Capital Grant Funding Scheme for Play and Recreation 2020. In order to be eligible for funding each application required a score of at least 30% in every criteria: 

- All spaces and facilities for which funding is granted must be available for use by all children and young people in the locality at times when they are free  to use them i.e. outside of school hours (30 marks)

- All facilities and equipment funded must be accessible to children and young people with special needs (30)

- All facilities and equipment funded must be youth-friendly and safe (30 marks)

- All projects funded under the scheme must provide evidence, or a commitment to providing evidence,  that children and young people living locally  who will have access to the facility have been consulted about the project for which funding is sought. (20 marks)

- Evidence of ability to complete the project / expenditure within the timeframe (10 marks)

Local Authorities were also required to provide confirmation that No Smoking signage will be displayed in play spaces and facilities.


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