Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Mayor Michelle Knight-McQuillan cut the first sod on a new park which aims to be ‘inclusive’ for people of various ages and include facilities for those with disabilities and sensory needs.
The Diversity Park will be located in the grounds of Council’s Flowerfield Arts Centre in Portstewart.
It is a project originating from the legacy Coleraine Borough Council, whereby an extensive assessment of play park facilities was carried out by officers.
The works, which includes the refurbishment and utilising of an existing external disabled toilet incorporating changing facilities, are expected to be completed by June this year.
Speaking at the cutting of the first sod this week, Mayor, Councillor Michelle Knight-McQuillan praised the McClements family who was instrumental in driving a campaign to develop The Diversity Park
“Council took forward the initial assessment on this project following a number of meetings with a lady who believed there was a definite need for play facilities, particularly for children who required more support than others, while ensuring they were not separated areas,” explained the mayor.
“She believes that the Diversity Park is a necessity and should be designed in such a way that anyone, no matter what their age or ability, will be able to enjoy.
The Mayor continued: “Christine McClements, with your passion and drive, this project will soon be a flagship in the borough and I look forward to experiencing it with my own family and friends.”
Funding for the project has been provided through the council’s contribution to the Landfill Communities’ Funds, administered by Ulster Wildlife.