Recently, Mayor of South Dublin County Council Councillor Peter Kavanagh officially opened the revamped woodland Playground in Rathfarnham Castle Park. Speaking at the event, Mayor Peter Kavanagh said “Play is recognised as a vital activity for healthy child development. Children also need time in nature and the outdoors for their physical and mental wellbeing. Whether it is splashing in the puddles of water, running through the woodlands or zipping down the zipline children need play experiences as part of a healthy active childhood. A Playground such as this one here in Rathfarnham Castle Park is a celebration of childhood. A place where the needs of children of different ages and abilities are catered for in a safe attractive space. It is also a great community space where parents, grandparents and guardians are made to feel comfortable and it is a great attraction to visitors to this area and a place we are proud for visitors to see.
Since the playground has reopened, there has been a vast increase in children and families visiting the park. People are now more aware than ever of the importance of getting outdoors and active for their physical and mental health and this applies even more so for children. A playground such as this that gives space for all types of play is a wonderful asset to the local community and to the County. I am delighted that this revamped playground has proven to be so popular and I wish the children of Rathfarnham and surrounds many happy hours of play here in the years to come.”
Pictured: Cllr Peter Kavanagh Mayor of South Dublin County Council with Cllr Yvonne Collins and Cllr Lynn McCrave