Broadford Community Council has been granted full planning permission for the construction of a new play-ground in the Community Field at Tullaha, Broadford. A playground is long overdue as parents and families of all the parish children have had to drive to Newcastle West, Charleville and Freemount to have fun on swings and slides. This playground will provide equipment designed to help develop young children’s co-ordination, confidence and social skills while laughing, jumping, sliding, climbing, and falling. There will be a rubber safety surface to protect knees from scratches.

The site for the project was chosen because it is a community field and meant the Community Council did not have the added expense of having to purchase a site.

The project is being funded by a grant of 75%, or €137,956.22 of the total cost, under the Rural Development Programme (Leader) and was facilitated by Eleanor McLoughlin of West Limerick Recourses. The playground committee had to work diligently to meet deadlines, as the application was submitted just inside the last date for the available funding.

The construction phase under architect and project manager Pat Boyce is expected the get under way in about two weeks. The project will be constructed by J. B. O’Sullivan, Builders, Abbeyfeale. It is planned to take up to eight weeks and should be ready for use in mid to late July.