Co. Clare Playground

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Ballynacally Village Playground
Ballynacally is a small village in Co. Clare, in the west of Ireland. It is located on the northern side of the Shannon Estuary between the town of Ennis and the Ferry town of Kilrush. The village green was chosen for the site of the new playground. The playground design had to blend in, compliment and enhance the already attractive village green.

As the village green is surrounded by a road, the entire playground had to be enclosed with a safety fence. The fence had to be visually discrete and safe. 1m high galvanised round top fencing was installed. Access to the playground is gained through two high visibility self closing gates.

Eco rubber safety surface was the perfect choice for this playground as it allowed the grass area to be retained. 800m2 of eco rubber grass matting was installed over a 4.5kn stabilisation mesh. Within six weeks the safety matting was invisible as the grass had grown up through the holes in the eco rubber safety surface.
More Info - Ballynacally Village Playground
The playground was designed for children ages 4 to 10 years, The aesthetically sensitive nature of the playground, (in the village green) meant that the play equipment had to blend with the existing plants, trees and grass. This meant using predominantly browns and greens with limited colour. The ten piece community playground includes a large multi activity double tower, a rotating wobble dish, an inclusive raised roundabout ( which is set at a height for sliding children from a wheelchair onto it). Two spring rockers, a see-saw, a junior roofed playtower and slide, a bandstand playhouse and a steam engine and carriage. The large Double Tower to the rear of the playground was sheeted with anti-slip, low maintenance Deck25 plastic composite decking. This Eco product is a 90% recycled product made from recycled plastic bottles and wood fibre from the furniture industry. The equipment had to be located around the existing trees. In the interests of safety, some trees were removed to ensure adequate safety zones around each piece of play equipment in accordance with playground safety regulations EN 1176 and EN177.

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