Funding has been awarded for improvements to three public playgrounds and play areas in Galway.
A total of €31,014 has been awarded to the city and county council for the three projects in the city, Ballinasloe, and Portumna.
The city council has received €15,162 for upgrades to O’Sullivan Park in Mervue.
In the county, €9,247 will be spent on upgrades to the Ballinasloe Leisure Centre playground.
Another €6,605 will go towards improvements to Portumna playground.
These grants were announced under the Play and Recreation Capital Funding Scheme for 2022.
The scheme has allocated €450,000 for a total of 30 projects across the country this year.
Minister Roderic Gorman said of the scheme, “Children’s playgrounds and play areas should be places of fun and activity for all children to enjoy, so that every child can experience the joy and excitement that comes with playing outdoors.”
“By ensuring that our playgrounds include play equipment that is accessible and encourages inclusion, we are expanding opportunities for play that will benefit every child.”
The purpose of the scheme is to allow local authorities to refurbish and provide new equipment for existing play facilities, with an emphasis on natural play areas.
Funding is capped at €18,000 per local authority, with the council required to co-fund 25% of each project’s costs.