A new playground and games arena in Balrothery moved a step closer last week with the appointment of a contractor to deliver the project.

Creative Play Solutions has been appointed by Fingal County Council to construct the amenity which has a strong emphasis on “natural play opportunities.”

Following extensive consultation with the local community a key element of the brief was that the design of playground reflected the rich local heritage of the area.

The striking, central knight themed sculpture draws on the tradition that Balrothery derives its name from Baile na Ridire – ‘Town of the Knight’.

Meanwhile the multi-use games arena has been designed as a modern fit for purpose facility to cater for five-side football, basketball and general training activity.

Senior Parks Superintendent Kevin Halpenny said: “The facilities are a key element of the wider objective to develop Glebe Park, Balrothery as a recreational hub.” A spokesperson for Balrothery Community Association said: “The winning design has really met the brief which asked for a unique themed playground that not only provided natural play space but also represented the Medieval Heritage of Balrothery.

“To have a local playground in the village will transform how families interact within the community. The project also caters for older children as they will be able to play basketball and football on an enclosed all-weather astro-turf surface.

Together, the park will become a focal point for families to walk to, and to meet each other, and to talk to each other.”

Fingal Mayor Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG) said the space would become an important meeting place for the community while Cllr Malachy Quinn (SF) said he was looking forward to seeing the finished product, along with the skate parks in Balbriggan and Skerries.