Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Council to celebrate the Miracle and Wonder of play

A feast of free family entertainment is set to thrill people of all ages at Carrickfergus' newest play park this weekend. The Miracles and Wonder Weekend event will be held at Marine Gardens in Carrickfergus on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th August 2013 from 11am to 4pm each day. This is not only a great opportunity to enjoy the new play area at Marine Gardens; we also have a number of children's activities to enjoy including bouncy castles, face painting, balloonmodelling, a DJ, giant lawn games, storytelling, Punch and Judy and much more. We also have an artist on site that will beorganising a number of arts and craft workshops.

The weekend's purpose is to celebrate the miracle and wonder of play.  The two day event is part of the Green Kids in Outer Space initiative which has been supported by the European Union's PEACE III Programme which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and delivered locally through the CAN PEACE III Partnership.

Green Kids in Outer Space has given children and young people from across the Borough an opportunity to tell Carrickfergus Borough Council what stops them from being able to play and what would make play easier and better for them and their friends. Their views have been recorded and used to write a play strategy for the Borough of Carrickfergus. This is a document that acts like a map charting what we as a Council need to do over the next four years to improve play opportunities in our area. The strategy document will be launched in September.

The Play Park is part of an overall investment at Marine Gardens of £1.3 million, the play park is segmented into sections for toddlers, juniors and seniors, ensuring that there is good quality outdoor fun for all to enjoy. The impressive centre piece is a galleon ship reaching a height of over 30 feet and which can be found in the senior nautical adventure area. The galleon called Result, is named after the very last ship to have been built in Carrickfergus in 1893.