€30,000 in funding under the Local Authorities Play and Recreation Grant to support outdoor play as part of the Summer of Play initiative has been awarded to three Laois playgrounds.
The Accessibility/Biodiversity Playground upgrade funding will be shared between: Dun Spraoi Portlaoise Leisure Centre Playground, Slí n bPáistí Mountrath Amenity Playground and Full Steam ahead Stradbally Playground
According to Minister for State at the Departmet of Finance Sean Fleming, the purpose of this grant is to support refurbishment of play and recreation amenities for young children and people.
This will include the provision of new equipment and an emphasis on natural play areas.
He said: “These playgrounds support the children, their friends and families to play safely in their communities.
“A key criteria of this scheme is they must be accessible and inclusive for all children.
“As we see restrictions ease the playgrounds play a very important role providing facilities to help children get out and play and enjoy their summer.
“I look forward to seeing the work completed and the benefits they bring to the children and the families in our communities in the coming months.
“In addition to this funding, the Government has announced €5.5 million in funding for a new Playing Outside Grant.
“The grant will be paid by Pobal on behalf of the Government and is available to Tulsa registered Early Learning and Care and School-Aged Childcare services to enhance their outdoor spaces.
“I would encourage all childcare services in Laois to apply for funding under this new scheme.”