Lisburn City Council has officially opened a new multi-use games area (MUGA) in North Lisburn.
The facility, located at Windermere Avenue, at the rear of Ballymacash Primary School, boasts a brand new playground with state of the art, accessible equipment, as well as a fully enclosed, 60m x 40m, polymeric rubber pitch which will be used by the local Primary School during school hours.
Pictured at the Official Opening of the North Lisburn Multi Use Game Area (MUGA) are back row (l-r) Mr John Gartland, Chief Executive of Ulidia Housing Association; Alderman William Leathem, Mayor of Lisburn; Councillor Thomas Beckett, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee; Mr Stephen Gray, Principal of Ballymacash Primary School and pupils from Ballymacash Primary School.
The pitch will also be available for public hire outside these hours, as well as scheduled community time when local residents will be able to use the pitches.
The Council invested £264,000 into the project with partners Ulidia Housing Association contributing an additional £45,000. The Housing Executive provided the land for the multi-use games area.
Welcoming invited guests to the Official Opening the Mayor, Alderman William Leathem said, “The provision of the new play facilities and MUGA is one of five play areas which have been developed in recent months and demonstrates the commitment by Lisburn City Council to meet the needs of communities across the City.”
Elected Members, Ulidia Housing Association, representatives from Lisburn North Community Association, Northern Lisburn Community Investment, Windermere Residents Association and Pond Park Community Group were all in attendance at the Opening of the new facility.
Explaining the process behind the development of the MUGA, Councillor Thomas Beckett, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee said, “There are so many groups and organisations that have worked together to ensure that North Lisburn now has a games area to be proud of. I would like to thank the Housing Executive and Ulidia Housing Association for joining with the Council on this project.
“I would also like to acknowledge the Community Organisations from North Lisburn and thank them for their input. I would also like to recognise the efforts of current and former Elected Members of the Council who have together worked over many years to achieve this wonderful facility here in North Lisburn.
“Today we are all justifiably proud in seeing many years of hard work come to fruition as the North Lisburn MUGA and play area are now officially open for business,” concluded Councillor Beckett.
Anyone wishing to book the North Lisburn MUGA pitch should contact the Grove Activity Centre on 028 9267 1131.