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Ballywaltrim Playground, Bray now has climbing boulders

Wicklow County Council is delighted to announce the installation of climbing boulders in Ballywaltrim Playground in Bray.

The funding for the project was provided by the Department of Health via the Sláintecare Healthy Communities Programme. Under this programme, Bray has received additional resources with the aim of improving the long-term health and wellbeing of the community.

While there are numerous natural climbing sites in County Wicklow, this is the first purpose-built climbing facility that brings this form of outdoor recreation to an urban setting. The installation, which consists of four large structures and several smaller introductory boulders, is designed to be accessible for a variety of ages and abilities.

The boulders are already proving very popular with the local community, suggesting that structures for more advanced climbing skills could be added at the site and that similar installations could be considered for other areas in the future.

Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Aoife Flynn Kennedy, welcomed the installation saying: “It is great to see such a novel facility being provided for the community. The climbing boulders are a fabulous way to introduce young people to a new form of sport and recreation, and to encourage healthy physical activity.”

Emer O’Gorman, Chief Executive, of Wicklow County Council, added: “Wicklow County Council is committed to supporting and delivering initiatives that protect the health and wellbeing of everyone in the county. I am very pleased to see this project complete. The boulders look fantastic on site and are a very positive resource for the local community.”

Meadhbh Cahill, Sláintecare Healthy Communities Local Development Officer, Wicklow County Council, explained: “Physical activity of all kinds has a hugely positive impact on life-long health and wellbeing. One of the priorities for the Sláintecare Healthy Communities Programme is to provide facilities that encourage physical activity and participation in sport and recreation. The boulders are a key element in that plan and it is wonderful to see that they have been so positively received.”