A new community space has opened in Boho with the launch of ‘A Field for All,’ an outdoor facility which will cater for all ages with playground equipment, an outdoor gym and a viewing area providing panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
The new facility which was the vision of Boho Community Association for a number of years finally became reality when the project received funding of over £300,000 from the Big Lottery Funded Space & Place programme thanks to National Lottery players.
The ‘Field for All’ means that for the first time ever, residents living in the area will not need to travel to neighbouring towns and villages but will now be able to enjoy outdoor activities in a purpose built space right on their doorstep.
Features of the ‘Field for All’ include a walking path around the perimeter of the land, an outdoor gym with exercise equipment, picnic areas and two separate play areas with play equipment for younger and older children.
Speaking about the launch of the ‘Field for All’, Margaret Corrigan from Boho Community Association said: “The people of this community have been at a great disadvantage for many years, as they have not had access to a local recreational facility. The Field for All was conceived to address this need and will be a tremendous asset to everyone in Boho.
“It will be a place where all ages can meet, relax, play and socialise and hopefully will encourage many people to become more active, and consequently, more healthy. The provision of lighting means the park will be accessible in winter evenings also, thus allowing people who are working, caring for children and so on to be able to utilise the facilities. We are so pleased with the end result and so grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for making it possible," said Margaret.
The Big Lottery Fund’s Space & Place programme is delivered by a consortium headed up by The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland. It is a £15 million capital grants programme which seeks to connect more people and communities together by making use of underused or difficult space.
Michael Hughes Programme Co-ordinator for the Space & Place Programme said: "The ‘Field for All’ is a fantastic example of what the Space & Place programme was designed to do which is to better connect people and communities. Boho Community Association ably demonstrated a massive need in their area for community facilities which we were delighted to support through the programme.
“It is remarkable to see the space which has been created and which will hopefully be enjoyed by the wider community for many years to come, assisting with the development of more active and healthy lifestyles for residents as well as providing a place where people can engage with each other more regularly,” said Michael.
Big Lottery Fund Northern Ireland Chair Julie Harrison said: “We are delighted to see how Boho Community Association has worked with local people to develop this vibrant outdoor space. This has been made possible thanks to the generosity of National Lottery players, and we are looking forward to seeing the difference this will make to the lives of local people.”