‘Little Free Toybox’ launches at People’s Park

The People’s Park in Ballymena has become home to the Mid & East Antrim borough’s first ‘Little Free Toybox’.

Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 2:23 pm

The concept of a ‘Little Free Toybox’ is simple – a passer by can lift a toy to play with or leave a toy for someone else.

Speaking at its launch, Deputy Mayor, Cr Matthew Armstrong said: “I am delighted to see the first ‘Little Free Toybox’ in the Borough installed at People’s Park and pupils from Ballymena Primary already enjoying it. This is will be a great addition to the park and the wider community. I hope it will provide children and young people with more play resources and the opportunity to play, relax and reconnect with others after what has been a difficult year for everyone. The Toybox can also encourage sharing and creative, imaginative play, as well as potentially going some way to help reduce waste going to landfill as toys are essentially being recycled. I’d like to extend my thanks to the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership Local Planning Group (CYPSP LPG) Antrim and Ballymena, who funded the project, as well as thanks to our own Council Officers and the Northern Health and Social Care Trust (NHSCT) who co-ordinated the project, with support from a local artist and Ballymena Primary School.” Lynsey McVitty, Health and Wellbeing Officer (NHSCT) and CYPSP LPG member said: “It encourages children to get involved in play by picking up a new toy, all the while giving and supplying the local community access to toys and new play opportunities. We were delighted to work with Council on this creative initiative and to see it so well used already.” *Parents/guardians are responsible for supervising children when using the Little Free Toybox and for appropriate sanitation before and afterwards.

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Pupils from Ballymena Primary School enjoying the Little Free Toybox on their visit to People's Park.