Heartless vandals have targeted a popular Dunfanaghy area playground causing up to €1,000 of damage to the community facility.
The nautical themed playground next to the Dunfanaghy Workhouse tourism centre had their “swing basket” that is suitable for children with disabilites and other items including an outdoor musical instrument seriously damaged recently and they are left counting the cost of the repair and replacement of the items.
Sian McCann, manager of the Workhouse, said the vandalism is very “disheartening” as the repairs of the damage is a needless cost on the centre.
Sian told the Democrat: “The Workhouse pays for all the maintenance, upkeep and insurance for the playground and we are happy to do so, as it is such an amazing asset for children and families in the area.”
She said she believes the damage was carried out by adults who entered the playground at night.
“It is very disheartening though when we have to spend money needlessly because people have no respect for the playground. We have had small amounts of on-going vandalism with the musical beaters for the musical instruments being stolen and this is the second time the basket swing has been damaged. Unfortunately this time we have had to replace all the cables that secure the basket swing to the poles, all the beaters and we had to repair the ladder on the pirate ship. We believe this to be adults coming in late at night and not the young people who like to sit in the park in the early evening. Everyone is welcome in the park from 9.00am to 9.00pm during the summer and 9.00am to 5.30pm in the Winter, but we do ask please respect the park and the local residents in the area,” she added.
They are having a fun day on the 7th August from 1pm to 3.30pm to raise money for the maintenance and upkeep of the playground.
“There will be pony rides, face painting, circus skills and lots more fun activities so please come along and support Dunfanaghy’s Community Playground,” Sian said.