Writes Leo McMahon
It was a truly positive occasion on March 22nd in Passage West with the official opening of its new Outdoor Gym in Marmullane Park which was performed by County Mayor Danny Collins.
The project involving Passage Positive People (PPP), South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD) and Cork County Council, is on the one acre site of the former Marmullane Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, which was first developed by the council in 2014 and already features a circuit path, seating and multi-use games area (MUGA).
The gym is suitable for use by over- 14s and is wheelchair accessible. It includes a range of equipment to build both cardio and upper/lower body strength. Each item displays a QR code to ensure correct use. The soft flooring features playground games for children.
Mr. Collins congratulated all involved in the €50,000 project and fondly remembered his good friend, the late Fr Con Cronin from Coomhola who was greatly loved by the harbour community.
Mick Dunlea on behalf of PPP, acknowledged Nicola Radley, Carol Conway and Vincent Florish; Kay Keegan and South Cork Local Community Development Committee and the legal department in County Hall; contractor Kompan, Katie Kearns, development officer, SECAD Partnership, the local credit union, the people of the Passage West area ‘for their unwavering support’ and especially Finola Harrington, Claire Power and MC Cllr Marcia D’Alton of PPP, without whom none of this would have been possible.
PPP was born through great pain and suffering brought on by the scourge of addiction and suicide. The results of a survey conducted on the students in St Peter’s Community School showed the need for a community/youth centre and gym. “Now we have rectified one of these with a top class facility and great strides are being made to get a community/youth centre aimed at promoting good mental health in our community”, said Mick.
Congratulations was extended by Katie Kearns who spoke of the resilience and passion of the fantastic group that is PPP, “It was fantastic to see children using it and SECAD was delighted to help through the EU Leader Rural Development Programme and was looking at future projects”.
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