Space for Play – New Play Policy Launched!

by Rose Barrett
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Last Friday saw Fingal County Council unveil “Space for Play – A Play Policy for Fingal” which outlines how the council intends to improve the provision of play facilities, activities and other initiatives for children across Ireland’s youngest growing region, writes Rose Barrett.  

The policy comes after a public consultation which asked what could be done to provide a framework for the provision of safe, accessible, inclusive, natural, and engaging play spaces for all young people up to the age of 17 years.

FCC believes that delivering an engaging play programme will help supports children’s mental, physical and social development.

While the latest population details have not yet been published, the 2016 Census showed that Fingal had around 25,000 children under four-years-old, a figure which is expected to increase greatly as Fingal continues to grow. The region grew by 8 per cent over the five years to 2016, a figure more than twice that of the state average overall. 

Launching the policy in Skerries, outgoing Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Seána Ó Rodaigh said: “We all know and understand about the vital importance of play for everyone, be it children, teenagers or those of us young at heart. 

“Over the last two years, we have all realised the need to maximise our open spaces to the best of our ability. With Space for Play we will actually embed planning principles and guidelines that will be included in the Fingal Development Plan going forward, helping ensure that the children of Fingal will not only enjoy the fundamental right to play in a safe and stimulating environment, but that we are creating recreation opportunities that can bring the wider community together to play, socialise and relax.”

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