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04 Jul 2022

In pictures: Launch of fantastic addition to Laois and Portlaoise

Event celebrates new inclusive upgrade to Portlaoise Leisure Centre’s playground

An Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council Conor Bergin MCC and pupils and staff from Kolbe and St Francis’ School were the special guests at the official opening of Portlaoise’s new accessible play park recently.

Located in ‘Dún Spraoi’ playground beside Portlaoise Leisure Centre, now renamed Laois Leisure Portlaoise, this new inclusive play space offers state-of-the-art play opportunities for children of all ages and abilities to enjoy together.

The new play features include exciting play equipment including an inclusive roundabout, musical equipment, hammock, sensory play path and a Go Swing – from American company Landscape Structures.  This fully inclusive swing is one of only three of its kind installed in Ireland and the first in the midlands.

The We-Go-Swing® is a revolutionary step forward in inclusive play experience. Designed to be integrated into any playground setting, this swing lets kids of all abilities play together and experience the thrill of swinging. With no need to transfer, the We-Go-Swing opens up a whole new world of playground fun.  

Welcoming everyone to the official opening, An Cathoirleach Conor Bergin MCC paid tribute to the campaigning efforts of Cllr Noel Tuohy to secure the first accessible swing for Co Laois.

“We’re delighted with the positive reaction it has received since the installation commenced. It is a fantastic addition to the Portlaoise area for local families, our schools and visitors. It’s a welcoming and safe space for play which is vital for the health and wellbeing of all our young people and I’m very proud that Council is once again leading the way by providing innovative and inclusive opportunities like this,” he said.  

The council's Sport & Leisure Officer Ann Marie Maher paid tribute to the support received for this project from both Members of Laois County Council and management which allowed her to install not just an inclusive swing but also an entire inclusive area complete with sensory planting.

Dún Spraoi playground is currently open every day during daylight hours

For further information: Contact Sport & Leisure Office, Laois County Council, sports@laoiscoco.ie  057 8664058

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