A recently opened diversity play park in Portstewart has been vandalised just months after it was opened.
Speaking to Causeway Coast Community this evening Councillior William McCandless said :
“It is really upsetting and appalling to see the vandalism which is already occurring at Flowerfield Diversity Play Park in Portstewart. It had been reported to me today by a few residents in the area and I couldn’t believe that anyone would have considered causing damage to this Park which is enjoyed by children of all abilities.
We had nothing similar to this in the Borough and it has a wonderful range of apparatus to suit children of all abilities. This Play Park was built to accommodate children with disabilities and its aim is to have all children having fun together. The Park had been campaigned for over many years and was welcomed by all sections of the community.
Sadly the vandalism and anti social behaviour which appears to be all too prevalent in our Triangle area has now blighted the Diversity Play Park.
When I visited the Play Park today I spoke to a family who were enjoying the equipment there.
Sadly one of the children reported to me that the little ” fairy houses ” which had been an attraction in the trees approaching the Park have been destroyed also.
I noticed that one of the seated areas had been burnt and there was broken glass in a section of the Park. As I have appealed to the PSNI previously concerning Anderson Park in Coleraine please take the appropriate action against those causing this damage.”
Local mum of three Charlene Dickey said ” I am Saddened to hear of the recent damage to the diversity park but thankful that no child has been injured on the broken glass. This park was built so that children of all abilities could come and play in a safe, welcoming environment. For many children this is the only park of its kind for miles, so keeping it safe, clean and functional is of utmost importance.”