The newly refurbished play area at Ballyclare War Memorial Park was recently officially opened by Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman Paula Bradley.
The play area has been refurbished following a partnership between Newtownabbey Borough Council and local retailer Asda. £10k has been allocated to the project by the Asda Foundation, with the Council investing an additional £15k. The War Memorial Play Area is now fully enclosed and includes a variety of modern play equipment, providing a safe environment for children to play.
Speaking at the official opening, the Mayor commented;
“I’d like to welcome the pupils from Ballyclare, Fairview and Tir-na-Nog Primary Schools who are joining me today to officially open the War Memorial Play Area. On behalf of Newtownabbey Borough Council I would like to extend a huge thanks to Asda for their support in the project. Thanks also to the contractor Play & Leisure Services, for all their work in delivering the play area.
Today marks the start of the Council’s overall plan for the redevelopment of Sixmilewater Park. This plan includes the development of a large play area in the main park, together with improved access to the pond area, as well as new signage throughout the park.
So now let the fun begin and I hope that there will be lots of happy days spent here by the local children!”
Gillian Cuddy, store manager of Asda Ballyclare added;
“It’s fantastic to see our investment brought to life in the new play park – an investment which we know will have a positive impact on many families across the Ballyclare community. Everyone who worked on the project should be highly commended and we’re proud to be part of such a great end result.
The Asda Foundation’s aim is to assist long term sustainable projects in order to help and support communities near our stores – and the play park is a fitting example of this.”
The Asda Foundation is a charitable company which was set up in 1988 to support local good causes and is funded by profits from the mid-week national lottery. The Foundation centres on charities and projects which have gained the direct support and involvement of a local community and have generally been highlighted to management through an Asda colleague.