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National Spring Clean in Windy Arbour

Posted by Shan on March 23, 2011 at 9:24 AM Comments comments (2)


This April people all over Ireland are cleaning up their local areas. Dun Laoghaire County Council is backing this by providing extra rubbish pick ups.

The Playground campaign has registered as a group with Dun Laoghaire County Council and We're hoping to do one or two clean ups near the Dodder in Windy Arbour.

 The first area we want to tackle is the green space just off St Patrick's Doyle Road, along the banks of the River Slann, which has been used as a dump for a few years now.

 Residents have suggested that some land near this site could be used as a playground or even a Community Garden.

  If you would like to help turn this piece of waste land into somewhere that parents would be happy to bring their children to, why not volunteer a couple of hours of your time one saturday or Sunday this April to  help us clean the banks of the river Slann.?

Other local Groups, such as the Clonskeagh Residents Association will also be taking part in National Spring Clean this  April.  So far The Playground Campaign has some volunteers  who will be picking up litter here over the Easter weekend.

We're planning our first clean up for  Easter  Saturday, 23rd April, when DLR Co Council is provoiding us with bags to clean up the bank of the Slann river adjacent to patrick Doyle Road.  We will meet  on the green at St Patrick Doyle Road  at 10.45 am.  We  will bring sandwiches and drinks so we can  have a picnic afterwards.  Let us know if you can make this or if you'd prefer to organise a clean up on another weekend.

Other weekends available for clean-ups of other playground sites are April 2nd, 3rd, 9th 10th or 16th 17th.  Which one would you choose to begin building our new playground?


Clonskeagh Resisdents Association AGM

Posted by Shan on March 15, 2011 at 1:38 PM Comments comments (2)


The Clonskeagh Residents Association held its 53rd Annual General Meeting  on Friday, March 25th in Milltown Parish Hall  at 8pm.

This Campaign attended and we asked the outgoing Chairman Peter O Grady to inform members  of teh Association  who were at the AGM about this Campaign. We invited Clonskeagh Residents to join us in campaigning for a new playground to be built near  the Dodder and the Slann rivers in Windy Arbour.

 If you are a member of Clonskeagh Residents Association, perhaps you could ask other members to support the W indy Arbour Playground Campaign.

Clonskeagh Residents Association is responsible for planting Daffodil bulbs in many of the Green spaces around Clonskeagh, so thanks to everyone who stored th gardening tools and planted the bulbs for making Clonskeagh look so much nicer, after a very cold winter.


New Playground in Stephen's Green is Open

Posted by Shan on March 6, 2011 at 7:16 AM Comments comments (0)


We made our first visit to Stephen's Green this year this weekend and  ww  were delighted to see that  Dublin City Council has done a great job of revamping the playground there.

There are new swings, a spinning web, a  very small climbing rock and some nice climbing frames with slides.

The new playground in The Green has two sections - one part is very  obviously for under fives and another section that is challenging  enough to keep older children amused for at least half  an hour.

There were lots of children in the Playground when we were there at about 3.30pm, so we waited a little while to get a go on the swings. There seemed to be a good mixture of children who lived locally playing happily alongside visitors from abroad and people like us from the suburbs who were just in town for the day. Grace shared a ride on the big swing with two  other children before we rushed off to see Tangled, which we loved.

It would be fantastic if Dun Laoghaire County Council would follow Dublin City Council's example by building a new playground for us here, close to the Dodder Walk.  This would draw more people to this area and be  very positive for  businesses in Windy Arbour, Milltown and Clonskeagh.

DLR spent quite a lot of money revamping the playground in Marley Park last year and Marley's new Playground is also well worth a  visit. However it's really not practical if you don't have access to a car and lots of local parents in Dublin 14  either don't drive or can't find the time to make a two hour round  trip to Marley Park in a packed work schedule.

So until we can convince DLR that people around here need play facilities for children  locally, a trip into Stephen's Green on the Luas is a good option.

It is open until 5pm in March.

 Remember to click on the link above to tell us where you think is the best site for a playground in Windy Arbour. Also tell us what play equipment you'd really like to see here.  You can also upload pictures to the site if you have stored them on the computer's hard drive and saved them as a .jpg file.
















































More Support from Mulvey Park

Posted by Shan on February 28, 2011 at 9:16 AM Comments comments (1)


 We have received another message  of support from the Conroy Family in Mulvey Park.

"We'd love to see a playground  around here and we will do whatever we can to back the campaign"

 

 


And thanks to  all the  local shops  that are displaying our  new posters.

 



Green Party Backs The Campaign

Posted by Shan on February 22, 2011 at 10:11 AM Comments comments (0)


Just three Days to go before GE11, when we elect  the Deputies who will form the next government and lots of people are still not sure how to vote. Here in Windy Arbour, we've only been canvassed  by two parties this time . Labour's Aidan Culhane  dared to visit us and we were surprised that he  knew quite a bit about the Playground Campaign.   


We were also visited by  Clare, a 'Green party member working with outgoing Commiunications Minister Eamon Ryan, who is very worried that he will lose his seat.

 We hope he doesn't, because punishing the Greens for this  financial mess is a bit like cutting off your nose to spite your face.


We also met Senator Shane Ross on the campaign Trail in Dundrum Shopping Centre.  Ross is hoping to take Ryan's place and has a pretty good chance. We asked him to support the campaign, so we live in hope.


The kids backing the campaign  ha, ve also been working hard on posters aimed at getting more members to sign up online. We've made  a few posters and distributed them to all the shops in Windy Arbour that were open late on Saturday afternoon.


We're really pleased that all the traders  said the playground campaign is a great idea.  Quite a few are working on special offers that they can advertise here and we're hoping to come up with more fundraising ideas in the next few weeks. We are also hoping to put in a lotttey grant application by March 25th, so if you 'd like to help with that get in touch by email to [email protected]  :)

The Swing Behind the grotto in Farranboley

Posted by Shan on February 2, 2011 at 6:58 AM Comments comments (0)

   It's now February  2011, almost two years since I posted the story of how some children around here built their own playground on land behind the Grotto in Farranboley.  You can seeit above - just click on  the Kids do it themselves button.


 Since then DLR County Council  has cut down the tree that the kids used to make their swing. We're still waiting on the results of DLRCoCOs Open Spaces Consultation.

 

The Mulvey  & Columbanus Community Group has also sent a petitition to DLR signed by more than 200 residents, asking for our playground to be rebuilt on its original site . The Group Chair Louise Keogh says that most people want the playground to be built on  Columbanus Green  -its original site overlooking the Dodder and the old Dartry Laundry, and very close to theMilltown Luas Stop.

 

 What do you think?

 

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We've Built a Shop - Check it out

Posted by Shan on February 2, 2011 at 6:41 AM Comments comments (0)


February 2nd, 2011


We've  redesigned our web site and  added a  Donate Button and a new CafePress Shop.

  That means  you can now show your support for the Playground Campaign by  donating a euro or t wo or by buying T -shirts, bags and even Mugs mentioning the Campaign.   The good news is that ten per cent of eveything you spend in the CafePress shop goes to our .campaign.


(The rest covers the cost of making,printing and sending you the T- shirt or whatever you choose.You can even design your own T- Shirt.


  Have Fun, and thanks for your support,


 Shan

The General Election is Now on February 25

Posted by Shan on February 1, 2011 at 6:46 AM Comments comments (0)

    Today Brian Cowen is dissolving the Dail and stepping down as Taoiseach.   The reason is that his partners in problems - government - The Greens - and people in his own party - Fianna Fail- lost confidence in his ability to sort out this country's  problems - bamely - we are bankrupt, so we don't have enough money to pay our Doctors, nurses, teachers, police after 8 monthjs unless we borrow some.


 Yes this is serious, The country is in a bit of bother financially, so why should anyone care about building a playground in Windy Arbour when there are  so many people around this country in desperate circumstances due to all the job losses  of the last few years and the draconian taxes and cuts imposed to try to soprt things out?


 Why?  Because we have to start somewhere, and I think there is no better place to start than building important infrastructure that  will help families by helping children have safe spaces to play.


  Building a playground and community centre will bring much-needed jobs to this area, and we could also take the opportunity to clean up derelict, blighted, underused or boggy land at the same time.


  The good news is that all of the main politicl parties now say they support  our campaign for a playground here in Windy Arbour.


 Labour's Senator Alex White is the latest politician to  back our campaign, so we hope you will remember that if you are thinking of giving him a vote.   Senator Maria Corrigan was one of the first people to back our Campaign, so we are delighted that she will be standing for teh first time as a TD here  in Dublin South in this election.

 Most people believe Fine Gael will have the most seats in the new Dail, so we are really hoping to increase  that party's support for building new Community Facilities here in Windy Arbour.  We haven't heard much from the Greens or Sinn Fein on their positions, though we have tried to make contact with them. We'll let you know what they say next week. Meanwhile,  Please tell us who  you will be voting for in this election and why. Click on the join us or Your Views buttons opposite to tell us wehat you think. :)

 

 

 



The Irish General Election is Now on February 25

Posted by Shan on February 1, 2011 at 6:46 AM Comments comments (0)

    Today is the First Day of Spring.

It's February 1st and Brian Cowen is dissolving the Dail and stepping down as Taoiseach.  

The reason is that his partners in - government - The Greens - and people in his own party - Fianna Fail - lost confidence in his ability to sort out this country's  problems - namely - we are bankrupt, because soon the government won't have enough money to pay our doctors, nurses, teachers, police and every other public sector worker.  We have enough money left for 8 months, so after that we need to  make more or borrow some.  We need a government that can figure out how we our going to raise money to keep the country going. One big issue is the IMF loans the outgoing government has agreed -  Can they be renegotiated or should we walk away from them?


 Yes this is serious, This country is in a bit of bother financially, so why should anyone care about building a playground in Windy Arbour when there are  so many people around this country in desperate circumstances due to all the job losses  of the last few years and the draconian taxes and cuts imposed to try to sort things out?


 Why?  Because we have to start somewhere, and I think there is no better place to start than building important infrastructure that  will help families by giving their children safe spaces to play.


  Building a playground and community centre will bring much-needed jobs to this area, and we could also take the opportunity to clean up derelict, blighted, underused or boggy land at the same time.


  The good news is that all of the main political parties now say they support  our campaign for a playground here in Windy Arbour.


 Labour's Senator Alex White is the latest politician to  back our campaign, so we hope you will remember that if you are thinking of giving him a vote.   Senator Maria Corrigan was one of the first people to back our Campaign, so we are delighted that she will be standing for the first time as a TD here  in Dublin South in this election.

 Most people believe Fine Gael will have the most seats in the new Dail, so we are really hoping to increase  that party's support for building new Community Facilities here in Windy Arbour. 

We haven't heard much from the Greens or Sinn Fein on their positions, though we have tried to make contact with them.

Independent TDs will play a big role in the next governemnt, so we will be talking to Senator Shane Ross, another local who is standing here in Dublin South, about whether he will back our Campaign to improve our local environment and community facilities and also bring jobs here.


We'll let you know what they say next week. Meanwhile,  Please tell us who  you will be voting for in this election and why. Click on the join us or Your Views buttons opposite to tell us wehat you think. :)

 

 

 



Great News - Council Accepts We Need A Playground

Posted by Shan on May 23, 2010 at 8:04 AM Comments comments (0)

  It's almost a year since we started this web site to campaign for a playground for the children of Windy Arbour, Milltown and the surrounding areas and  we have made  a breakthrough  - Dun Laoghaire Rathdown  County Council has now accepted that we need a playground in this area. 



According to  DLR Co Council Senior Parks Superintendent  Mr Leslie Moore, the Council now accepts we need a playground in this area. It is now seeking input from residents on  where they think would be the best location for a playground, keeping in mind the need to protect it from vandalism and anti social behaviour.



 This breakthrough  is largely  thanks to  our campaign' gaining support from FF Senator Maria Corrigan, who is the government spokesperson on environment in the Seanad. We met Maria  over Easter, when she was visiting Mulvey Park and  we told her that residents were concerned about the increased building of houses and apartments in this area, without any new recreational facilities.



Sen Corrigan   wrote to us on May 6 saying: "I will assist in any way I can to ensure that this much needed facility is made available to the community of Windy Arbour".


We also had support from FG Councillor Pat Hand, who also lobbied  council officials on the Campaign's behalf. So a big thank you to everyone who has helped so far. 


So please get in touch with Mr Moore to tell him where you think is the best place to site the new playground.  You can email him by writing to [email protected], or post a message on this site which we will pass on.


Also tell him what kind of play equipment you'd  most  like to see there and what age groups  you think  would  most benefit from the new playground.



The top locations suggested for our  playground so far include:


1. Behind St Luke's Crescent  on the Hill opposite the Dodder river, near  the Shia Mosque


2. On the Green at Dundrum Road next to the electricity substation at Mulvey Park, next to the Central Mental hospital


3.  In Windy Arbour on the Green next to the Slann river


4. On the green opposite St Patrick Doyle road, close to Milltown Luas stop


5. On the green in Gledswood Park, near the Islamic Cultural Centre in Clonskeagh


6. On the Green in Sommerfield


7  Near the Milltown luas sation on St Columbanus road |Green, where the old playground was in the 1970s and 1980s


8  In the grounds of our Lady's School near Windy Arbour Luas


 This Campaign is hoping  to contact all  of the local residents groups over the summer to hear  resident's ideas and views on where to put the new playground and  to hopefully set a date for a public meeting  in September or october where we can discuss fundraising with Council officials  and the advantages and disadvantages of preferred locations, as well as hearing from playground suppliers about the differnet options available


We're hoping to really ramp the Campaign up in its second year and we  will concentrate on getting our message across as many local groups as we can. Can you think of somewhere else that would be  good for  people to take children to play?  Please write in and let us know. 

 


  Do get in touch  with your ideas. Together we can make Windy Arbour a better place for children to grow up.


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