We want a play park!

One of the swings at the current Dromore Park.

One of the swings at the current Dromore Park.

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A campaign for a new play-park for Dromore town is in full swing with a rally planned for Saturday, September 3.

Local woman Zoe Sparks is urging local residents to join the rally and demand that Dromore finally has a play-park that the town can be proud of.

Dromore Park

Dromore Park

The calls have clearly struck a nerve with over 300 people already signing the petition around the town and online.

A new play park in Banbridge was opened in June and is already proving very popular while one Dromore resident labelled her town’s current park as the ‘worst in Northern Ireland’

So local woman Zoe has organised a rally to get a new park for the town.

She said: “I am urging local people to take part in this rally, for a town of this size Dromore deserves a much better play-park. I go to other areas, towns smaller than Dromore and I can’t believe how good their facilities are. This park doesn’t even have operating toilet facilities, how can a family with young children expect to go to this park for a day without an available toilet.

Dromore Park

Dromore Park

“We have had a good response so far, local businesses have already signed the petition and the page was full front and back. Online we already have 250 signatures.

“This isn’t just for families with small children, a new park would benefit future generations, children and grand-children. Families who won’t have to go to somewhere else to enjoy a park.”

Supporting the campaign is Jubilee Park resident, Valerie Lynsey who told the Leader that the park has not been updated for years and it is the same as when she took her children there.

“The park is the same as when I took my kids there, my son’s 35 now.

Dromore Park

Dromore Park

“It has gotten to the stage where if I am taking my grandchildren to a park I just take them to the one in Hillsborough.

“I’m not the only one, I am always bumping into people from Dromore at the Hillsborough park. The park in Dromore has to be the worst in Northern Ireland. I don’t like saying that as I would always stand up for my town.

“Banbridge have just got a new park, they always seem to get there’s updated, it’s about time Dromore’s was updated. Enough is enough.”

The rally is being held at the current park in Dromore on Saturday, September 3. You can sign the online petition here.

Dromore Park

Dromore Park