THE upgraded public playground in Killarney, which reopened yesterday following an extensive redevelopment and after the Covid-19 lockdown, now provides play equipment and attractions designed specifically for children of all physical and mental abilities.
The colourful, state-of-the-art equipment allows space for assisted devices and wheelchairs and there is a double width slide to inspire young children, of all abilities, to play actively with the confidence of feeling secure in their movements.
Carefully selected rich colours differentiate the area for children with autism along with textured surfaces and play spheres adding to the sensory experience.
Inclusive play is at the very core of the design of the new-look playground which is located in Knockreer, along the banks of the Rover Deenagh and within the boundaries of Killarney National Park.
The extension makes the playground extremely attractive to all children and promotes equal play opportunities in Killarney.
The Killarney Municipal District Council run facility is open all year round and has something to interest all children, from toddlers through to pre-teens.
The council received grant aid from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs towards the upgrade and the local authority also dipped into its own resources to fund the project.
Kerry County Council set about extended the existing playground to provide inclusive and accessible equipment for all.
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