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03/08/2021

Work starts on new Laois playground beside outdoor swimming pool

Work starts on new Laois playground beside outdoor swimming pool

Having fun at the Ballinakill outdoor swimming pool.

One of the few outdoor swimming pools in Ireland is right here in a Laois town and set to reopen with the added luxury of being heated.

To add to the joy of local children, now work is starting on a brand new big playground next door.

Ballinakill in South Laois is getting a playground and a multipurpose sports court, with landscaped open space and meadow and a 51 space carpark with a set down space for busses.  

It is funded by a Leader grant of €200,000, with the local development association adding another €20,000, raised by local supporters.

It adds to the growing attractions for the town which is home to the famous Edward Lutyens designed Heywood Gardens.

The official start of construction takes place with a sod turning this weekend. First to be built will be the carpark which will also serve the pool, followed by the playground to be ready in autumn.

The growth of the town's leisure facilities is thanks to a young committee who began by repairing and reopening the swimming pool, due to reopen on June 7.

Paddy Moore is chair of Ballinakill Community Development Association CLG. 

"We have worked hard over the last two years, received great support from Laois County Council, Laois Leader, our local representatives but most especially our local community," he said.

A breaking of ground ceremony takes place this Saturday May 22.

More in next Tuesday's Leinster Express.

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