The Galway City Council must make an "immediate application" for Government funding towards the cost of a new playground for Renmore, especially as the funding deadline of April 13 is looming.
This is the view of Galway City East Independent councillor Terry O’Flaherty, who warned City Hall that "speed is of the essence" in applying for the Capital Grant Funding Scheme for Play and Recreation 2018. Successful applications will secure up to €20,000. The Renmore playground committee had also written to City Hall's Parks Department stressing the urgency of making an immediate application.
Cllr O'Flaherty has managed to secure €20,000 from the City Hall Budget this year towards the provision of the new playground, but said the project needs "another €20,000 from this Government scheme" for it to "really move forward". Suitable sites are currently being identified for the location of the playground.
“This is a facility that is badly needed for the children of Renmore, one of the biggest areas of the city, with two junior schools, Scoil Dara and Scoil Chaitriona," she said. "There is an urgency to this with the deadline looming."