Partnership to build new ‘green’ play area in Parkanaur Forest

Parkanaur forest
Parkanaur forest

Children will soon be able to benefit from new play facilities at the picturesque Parkanaur Forest outside Dungannon, thanks to the announcement of funding from the local council.

A recent committee meeting heard that the new children’s environmental play park will be delivered in partnership with the council, the Speedwell Trust and Forest Service NI.

At the meeting, the council’s Director of Development asked for approval to make a payment of £18,480 to Outdoor RecreationNI (ORNI) for capital expenditure incurred in relation to the development of the play park.

The financial contribution has been ring fenced within the capital play development budget allocation for 2014/15, councillors were told.

Following the request for financial approval, it was proposed by Councillor Phelim Gildernew, and seconded by Councillor McGonnell andresolved that it be granted.

Parkanaur Forest, which was formerly part of the Burgess Estate, is hugely popular with walkers and families, and is home to a herd of white fallow deer in stunning surroundings, as well as a wildlife pond.

Parkanaur House is widely used as a photoshoot location, while the cross community educational project, Speedwell Trust, and Parkanaur College, which offers residential facilities for adults with disabilities, both operate on the site.