Make-over for McNeill park

Local  MLA Paul Frew has welcomed news that works to improve the play park at McNeills Park Moorfields have gone out to tender. (Submitted Picture).
Local MLA Paul Frew has welcomed news that works to improve the play park at McNeills Park Moorfields have gone out to tender. (Submitted Picture).

Local MLA Paul Frew has welcomed confirmation that works to improve the play park at McNeill Park have gone out to tender.

DUP Assemblyman Paul Frew said the park, in Moorfields, was in “an unacceptable condition with many safety hazards”.

He said: “I have been pushing for a play park strategy for some years now and finally we are seeing results coming through not only in areas like Broughshane, Ahoghill and Tullygarley but in the small village of Moorfields with many more areas to benefit in the coming months and years.”

Earlier this year, Council agreed that a play park strategy should to be developed to provide “vision and direction” for play across the borough.

Mr Frew said: “The Chief Executive of Mid & East Antrim Council has confirmed to me that McNeill Park is one of the play areas identified within the councils planned refurbishment scheme of Ballymena play parks for this year.”

He said the works, which went out to tender on September 15, include replacement of the climbing unit to suit six to 12 years-olds and replacement of the rubber tiled surface, as well as play area graphics on the paved areas at the park.

“Council officers will arrange for any immediate remedial works to be carried out in the interim to insure the park is in a safe state,” said Mr Frew who extended thanks to all those who have played a part in progressing a borough-wide play park strategy, including the Mayor, Cr Billy Ashe, and councillors.