My adjourned motion at Septembers MD meeting; ‘That the council provide an all-weather safe surface for the playground in Kilcullen similar to that provided in Maynooth and explain in its report the criteria for selecting different playground surfaces.
Report issued by: Ms P O’Rourke, Executive Parks Superintendent, Community and Cultural Development Department: The playground in Kilcullen was created using play mulch as the safety surface. Due to the decomposing of the bark mulch evidenced, the surface was changed to sand. The installation of a wet-pour/rubber surface and its maintenance in the Kilcullen playground would be cost prohibitive. Playground surfaces are based on the finances available, taking into consideration such items as the critical fall heights of the equipment, the required maintenance and lifetime costs, natural drainage of the site, environmental impact of the material and the accessibility of the play equipment.