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17 Oct

Avenue Road is now the proud owner of a fantastic refurbished Play Park, which was officially opened by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Mealla Campbell – and the local community turned out in force to celebrate!

Children from Kingspark Primary School along with community representatives, contractors, elected members and council officials all helped the Lord Mayor to cut the ribbon and officially launch the park!

With an investment of £75,000, the new park caters for all children up to the age of 14. You will find toddler and junior swings, an inclusive basket swing, see-saw, inclusive roundabout, play panels and multi-play climbing units. A range of seating has also been added so parents and guardians can come along and share in the children’s play experiences.

“I am absolutely delighted to be invited along to cut the ribbon and declare this brilliant new park open!” commented the Lord Mayor.

“This is the 13th park to be completed and opened as part of our £4.75m Play Strategy and I know this has been a much anticipated park within the community. It is magical to see the children so enthusiastic and loving the variety of new equipment on offer that will be enjoyed for years to come.”

Farrans were the lead contractor for the works while sub-contractor Garden Escapes – a specialist playground equipment company – supplied and installed the new equipment.

This park, along with 12 others, are just the beginning of a £4.75m Play Strategy which will see a number of parks across the borough being refurbished, alongside our commitment to non-fixed play, which is crucial to child development.

For more information contact the Play Development Officer on 028 3831 1684 or 07515 607 472.

07 Oct

We asked

As part of Council’s Capital Play Development Programme, the play park in Lurgan Park has been designated for refurbishment with an investment of £250,000.

It was suggested that the current existing site (Site 1) might not be in the best location and a potential new site (Site 2) had been identified close to the entrance at Waves Leisure Complex, Robert Street.

Council asked residents for their views on which site they feel would better suit the new District Play Park in Lurgan Park

You Said

Responses

Site 1 136 responses
Site 2 268 responses

The majority of respondants agreed that site 2, beside Waves Leisure Complex (Robert Street entrance) was the most suitable site.

However, after this survey closed a public meeting was held and Council was contacted regarding a number of potential difficulties using the site chosen.

Council asked for guidance from Heritage Lottery Fund and Health & Safety in relation to the site; their advice stated that the site identified  (site 2) could not be used for the new play area.

The play area will remain in the existing site (subject to planning permission), however, it will be larger and will have all the equipment that was previously chosen as part of the consultation with schools and the public.

We Did

The majority of respondants agreed that site 2, beside Waves Leisure Complex (Robert Street entrance) was the most suitable site.

However, after this survey closed a public meeting was held and Council was contacted regarding a number of potential difficulties using the site chosen.

Council asked for guidance from Heritage Lottery Fund and Health & Safety in relation to the site; their advice stated that the site identified  (site 2) could not be used for the new play area.

The play area will remain in the existing site (subject to planning permission), however, it will be larger and will have all the equipment that was previously chosen as part of the consultation with schools and the public

Lurgan Park Playground Walkthrough (subject to planning permission)

07 Aug

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council developed a Play Strategy in March 2017 to establish a framework that relates to the provision of fixed play and the development of non-fixed play, across the Borough.

At its core, the Play Strategy acknowledges that play is a natural and fundamental aspect of children and young people’s lives that supports growth and development across a range of developmental areas.

In our continuing effort to improve the quality of service provided by Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council, we are carrying out a survey to identify the number of children aged 0-14 years old in the Tullygally area that would avail of play facilities and how those children play.

Council is committed to its equality and good relations duties as set out under section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and the Rural Need Act 2016 and as part of this consultation we would like to ensure that you/your organisation has every opportunity to express your view.

Our online Survey closes Wednesday 21st August 2019. Only one survey to be completed per household.

Tullygally online survey
30 Jul

Come join us at Lurgan Park and Portadown People’s Park as we celebrate National Play Day on Wednesday 7 August – with a fantastic day of fun free activities for children of all ages to enjoy, it’s one not to be missed.

As part of the annual celebration of children’s right to play and its importance in their lives, the National Play Day events kick off in Lurgan Park from 10am to 1pm followed by an afternoon event in Portadown People’s Park from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

Climb aboard the Belfast Playbus and enjoy lots of soft play fun or for the more energetic have a go at scaling the climbing wall. With a range of art and craft workshops, face painting, inflatables, balloon modelling, fun games and much more – there is something for everyone!

There is no need to book in advance, with both events running on a drop in basis – so for a fun day of FREE activities why not come along and have a go!

24 Jul

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to launch free traditional outdoor play and events programme in Craigavon on Saturday 27th July.

‘Play in the Community’ is a free, fun new programme for children and parents/guardians across the borough of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, giving families and communities access to a broad range of play and an opportunity to build positive relationships through play.

The project is funded by the PEACE IV Programme, a cross-border initiative, financed through the European Union and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). It has been designed to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland.

The exciting play programme will take place in four central areas in Craigavon: Tullygally, Parkmore, Moyraverty and Drumgor. Parents and family members who take part in the four sessions in any of the areas will be offered the opportunity to train and gain qualifications in Playwork – all FREE of charge!

 

LocationSession 1Session 2Session 3Session 4
TullygallyTuesday 30th July

2.30pm-4.30pm

Tuesday 6thAugust

2.30pm-4.30pm

Wednesday 21stAugust

10.30am-12.30pm

Tuesday 27thAugust

10.30am-12.30pm

ParkmoreWednesday 31stJuly

10.30am-12.30pm

Thursday 8thAugust

2.30pm-4.30pm

Wednesday 21stAugust

2.30pm-4.30pm

Tuesday 27thAugust

2.30pm-4.30pm

MoyravertyWednesday 31stJuly

2.30pm-4.30pm

Tuesday 20thAugust

10.30am-12.30pm

Thursday 22nd August

10.30am-12.30pm

Thursday 29thAugust

10.30am-12.30pm

DrumgorThursday 1stAugust

2.30pm-4.30pm

Tuesday 20thAugust

2.30pm-4.30pm

Thursday 22nd August

2.30pm-4.30pm

Thursday 29thAugust

2.30pm-4.30pm

 

Launching on Saturday 27 July at 11.00am at Brownlow Community Hub, parents and guardians can bring their children along for a taster play session, registration and a barbecue in the afternoon. Priority will be given to children who have registered on the programme, which can be done on the launch date or online at www.getactiveabc.com/book

To register online now, click HERE.

Hosted at these four locations, the programme offers play for children up to 16 years old, regardless of ability and will be delivered by PlayBoard NI (lead organisation for the development and promotion of children and young people’s play in Northern Ireland).

If you live in the Craigavon area come along to the free launch event on Saturday 27 July to hear more about the programme and enjoy free play outside!

Match-funding for this project has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.

For more information email Caoilin, Evia or Joan from the Play in the Community team: 

26 Jun

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council unveils £250,000 children’s play park in Tannaghmore Gardens and Rare Breed Animal Farm, Craigavon.

The attraction is popular with schools and families all year round, with a rare breeds animal farm, maze, and now the large play park complete with zip line, play tower, wheelchair accessible inclusive in-ground trampoline, and forest-themed eight-person group seesaw.

Children from local schools attended the launch and, having put forward their suggestions during the design process, they were delighted to see their ideas incorporated into the final designs ensuring the attraction is suitable for local needs.

The district play area, the first of its kind to receive a quarter of a million pounds investment, is tailored for specific age groups with areas for young children and toddlers, as well as more challenging play equipment, such as a zip line, for older children and teenagers.

The play park renovation makes the area an even more attractive destination for locals and, with its convenient location just off the M1, it is attractive for visitors from outside the borough.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Councillor Mealla Campbell, commented:

“It is wonderful to see the children so excited and enjoying the new play park in Tannaghmore! This district play park represents the largest ever investment this council has made in fixed play. I am delighted to see it open now just before school finished so that children will be able to enjoy it all summer!”

 The £250,000 investment is part of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s £4.75m Play Strategy 2018-2026. The eight-year strategy puts ABC Council at the forefront of health, recreation and leisure in Northern Ireland, actively championing play to help improve understanding of its critical importance to children and young people.

Work was carried out by Farrans and Garden Escapes overseen by council officers.

For further information or to find out how to get involved in play in your area visit getactiveabc.com/play or contact Joan Noade, Play Development Officer, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council on .

24 Jun

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council developed a Play Strategy in March 2017 to establish a framework that relates to the provision of fixed play and the development of non-fixed play, across the Borough.

At its core, the Play Strategy acknowledges that play is a natural and fundamental aspect of children and young people’s lives that supports growth and development across a range of developmental areas.

In our continuing effort to improve the quality of service provided by Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council, we are carrying out a survey to establish the number of children aged 0-14 years old in the Blackskull area that would avail of play facilities and how those children play.

Council is committed to its equality and good relations duties as set out under section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and the Rural Need Act 2016 and as part of this consultation we would like to ensure that you/your organisation has every opportunity to express your view.

To complete our survey visit https://armaghbanbridgecraigavon.citizenspace.com/health-and-recreation/blackskull-play-park/

Our online Survey closes Friday 5th July 2019. Only one survey to be completed per household.

Blackskull Poster
31 May

Children under five must spend less time sitting watching screens, or restrained in prams and seats, get better quality sleep and have more time for active play if they are to grow up healthy, according to guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).

“Achieving health for all means doing what is best for health right from the beginning of people’s lives. Early childhood is a period of rapid development and a time when family lifestyle patterns can be adapted to boost health gains,” says WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebryesus.

The new guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under 5 years of age were developed by a WHO panel of experts. They assessed the effects on young children of inadequate sleep, and time spent sitting watching screens or restrained in chairs and prams. They also reviewed evidence around the benefits of increased activity levels.

Failure to meet current physical activity recommendations is responsible for more than 5 million deaths globally each year across all age groups. Currently over 23% of adults and 80% of adolescents are not sufficiently physically active. If healthy physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep habits are established early in life, this helps shape habits through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood.

“What we really need to do is bring back play for children. This is about making the shift from sedentary time to playtime, while protecting sleep,” says Dr Juana Willumsen, WHO focal point for childhood obesity and physical activity.

The pattern of overall 24 hour activity is key: replacing prolonged restrained or sedentary screen time with more active play, while making sure young children get enough good quality sleep. Quality sedentary time spent in interactive non screen based activities with a caregiver, such as reading, storytelling, singing and puzzles, is very important for child development.

Infants (less than 1 year) should:

  • Be physically active several times a day in a variety of ways, particularly through interactive floor based play; more is better. For those not yet mobile, this includes at least 30 minutes in prone position (tummy time) spread throughout the day while awake.
  • Not be restrained for more than 1 hour at a time (e.g. prams/strollers, high chairs). Screen time is not recommended. When sedentary, engaging in reading and storytelling with a caregiver is encouraged.
  • Have 14-17h (0-3 months of age) or 12-16h (4-11 months of age) of good quality sleep, including naps.

Children 1-2 years of age should:

  • Spend at least 180 minutes in a variety of types of physical activities at any intensity, including moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity, spread throughout the day, more is better.
  • Not be restrained for more than 1 hour at a time (e.g. prams/strollers, high chairs) or sit for extended periods of time. For 1 years old, sedentary screen time is not recommended. For those aged 2 years, sedentary screen time should be no more than 1 hour, less is better. When sedentary, engaging in reading and storytelling with a caregiver is encouraged.
  • Have 11-14 hours of good quality sleep, including naps, with regular sleep and wake up times.

Children 3-4 years of age should:

  • Spend at least 180 minutes in a variety of types of physical activities at any intensity, of which at least 60 minutes is moderate- to vigorous intensity physical activity, spread throughout the day, more is better.
  • Not be restrained for more than 1 hour at a time (e.g. prams/strollers) or sit for extended periods of time. Sedentary screen time should be no more than 1 hour.
  • Have 10-13h of good quality sleep, which may include a nap, with regular sleep and wake up times.
09 Apr

Residents are invited to come along and have their say on a proposed new play park at Rectory Park Play Area.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is hosting a public meeting at Regenerate, 1B Ardress Park on Tuesday 16th April 2019 to discuss the equipment, layout and design.

At the meeting residents will be given the chance to have their questions answered about the proposed play area and learn how council aims to implement the good practice design principles outlined within its play strategy, enhancing play value at existing sites and ensuring the future new development delivers a quality play experience for everyone.

For more information, contact the play development officer on 0300 0300 900.

08 Apr

The Mae Murray Foundation and PlayBoard NI are surveying parents and carers on play opportunities for children with disabilities. We are particularly interested in hearing views on fixed play areas i.e. play areas which have play equipment installed. The information gathered through the survey will be used as the basis for a new guidance document which will aim to influence the design and development of more inclusive play areas that meet the needs of all children.

We encourage parents and carers to complete the survey as we are keen to hear about the experiences of as many children as possible. The more people that take part, the bigger the impact we can make.

To complete the survey go to www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MMFPBParentsCarers before 30 April.

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