McNamee states positive impact on local community of Grampian Avenue playpark upgrade

Alliance Belfast Councillor Laura McNamee has welcomed the positive impact on local community of the forthcoming Grampian Avenue Playground upgrade. Local children and residents have been involved in the process for the upgrade.

Cllr Laura McNamee said: “When I called for this playpark to be upgraded, I stated the willingness of local children and residents to get involved in the process and the positive impact that it would have on the local community. I am glad that this has happened with local children suggesting a tyre swing to be installed and it has since been taken on board by officials.

“I wanted to give the kids a platform upon which they could engage with this process, so that they could have a direct say in how the council responds to their leisure needs. By actively engaging with them, I hope that they now feel a level of ownership over their local community.

“I have also been laising with local residents and engaging with Council officials regarding a proposed community garden behind the playpark. The council is inviting expressions of interest for a community garden proposal for the land directly behind Grampian Avenue playpark. I feel that this is a much needed project in an area where few of the homes in the immediate vicinity of the park have gardens. I know a lot of people would appreciate the opportunity to get involved with a community project of this nature, the health benefits of such projects being well documented. Moreover, I would hope that such a project would contribute to community cohesion. I hope that as many people as possible will get involved with the project and develop its capacity to expand in time to come.”


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