THE Cobh community is just €20,000 short of its fundraising target to build a new playground in the town.
Cobh resident, Ger Maher said there were plans to start building the playground in December and for it to open in spring next year.
Fundraising initiatives to date have included skydives and a full monty, and this weekend Bramley Lodge will host a barbecue to raise more money.
“We’re two-years in and we’re after raising €160,000; our goal was €180,000 so we’re just €20,000 off that mark,” he said.
“Cork County Council is going to tender in September and we are hoping to start in early December with the build."
The Cobh Playground Fundraising initiative was started two-years ago; its sole aim was to raise enough money to build an adequate playground suitable for children with special needs, as well as those without.
“Cork County Council gave us the land as well, the Cobh Five Foot Way, and they’ve also matched our fundraising to date.”
The playground will be two-and-a-half times bigger than the existing facility.
“It’s fantastic; I mean during the two years we’ve met with families and gotten their feedback about what they would like to see in the playground, because, to be honest with you most people are heading out of town to go decent playgrounds.” Mr Maher used also take his children Sophie, 5 and Jamie, 7 to facilities in Aghada or Carrigaline instead of using Cobh’s.
“We’ve done skydives, we did a full-monty on Women’s Little Christmas, and once it started gathering momentum people started doing their own things - this coming weekend, on Saturday between 5pm and 8pm, Bramley Lodge are putting on a barbecue for us.” There’s also a Carrauntoohil fundraising climb on Saturday, August 19.
See www.cobhplaygroundfundraising.com for details.