Shock as new Donegal playground could be closed

Michael McHugh

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Michael McHugh

A new state-of-the-art playground in Donegal Town - the largest of its kind in the county - could be closed if vandalism and ugly scenes of defecation are repeated in the future.

A new state-of-the-art playground in Donegal Town - the largest of its kind in the county - could be closed if vandalism and ugly scenes of defecation are repeated in the future.

This is the startling message from officialdom after locals were warned that not only would Donegal County Council not upgrade the facility, they would not insure it either to be used as a playground. The playground, the Michael Cooney Memorial Park- named after one of the community’s most hard working community activists over many years, now deceased - had been the jewel in the crown for young people’s play facilities, but its unsupervised nocturnal activities have recently set alarm bells ringing.

Chairperson of Donegal Community Chamber Bernie Mulhern is now urging all interested parties to come and attend a public meeting in the Abbey Hotel this Thursday.

“The outcome of last Thursday’s meeting with Donegal County Council indicated that it was very important that we get a committee in place that will oversee the day to day running of the playground. In a statement issued to the Democrat, she said: “Following a meeting with officials from Donegal Co. Council, Donegal Community Chamber have called a public meeting for Thursday, October 13 at 8.30pm in the Abbey Hotel to discuss the future of the playground. Bernie Mulhern, Chairperson, of the Community Chamber strongly urges all interested parties to attend especially parents of children who use the play ground.

“It is hoped that a group will be formed who will take responsibility for the day to day running of the playground, otherwise the playground will have to be closed.

“This is the biggest facility of its kind in the County and cost in excess of 250,000 euro. It is imperative that its future be secured.

The story was broken by Donegal on Sunday, the Democrat’s sister paper, two weekends ago.

A distraught mother told the paper: “My child was about to use the slide when I noticed what I thought was muck or mud on the slid and to my horror I realised it was faeces.

“Another young child has just used the slide and their clothes had been badly soiled. It was awful,” she said.