Newry SDLP Councillor, Gary Stokes, has praised the persistence of his local community after a series of campaigns going back over ten years to have Peter McParland Park in the city upgraded. The Council agreed at a meeting on Monday night to spend £88,500 upgrading the facility. The works will include the resurfacing of the playing surface on the current pitch and the provision of new soccer, basketball and netball courts.
“While a fantastic space the park has the feel that time stood still around 1985. It is extremely well used but has the look of being unloved and out of date. A small group of determined local residents have campaigned for over ten years to have the park upgraded. It is down to their persistence and dogged determination that this is happening. I look forward to seeing the work completed and the park being fully used. I wish also to praise the council officers who took this forward”
The decision comes following meetings between local residents, Council officials and Cllr Stokes back in Spring.