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in Donegal

Explore Donegal's outdoors, improve your mental health and increase your physical activity levels.

Donegal Playground Passport

Countywide,Letterkenny

Donegal Playground Passport - a free convenient, pocket-sized guide to playgrounds across Donegal.

The Donegal Playground Passport contains a map of Donegal with forty playgrounds numbered and listed in each Municipal District. Each playground is accompanied by a QR code and GPS coordinates that will take you straight to the swings and slides! The guide also includes details of some of the free or low-cost activities in the nearby area for those looking to extend their day out.

1. Challenge yourself and your family to visit as many of Donegal's playgrounds over the coming months.

2. Use the QR Code or GPS coordinates for directions to each playground.

3. Design a passport stamp for every new playground that you visit.

4. Give each playground a star rating. Find a five star playground - photograph it & share with friends using #HealthyDonegal hashtag.

5. Plan a family day out and enjoy some of the free and low cost activities listed near each playground.

6. Most importantly, have fun!

The Playground Passports have been distributed to all primary schools throughout the county and will also be available from local libraries, tourism offices and family resource centres.

At a recent launch event, Cllr Blaney acknowledged and paid tribute to the parents, volunteers and community groups who work tirelessly alongside Donegal County Council to manage and maintain playgrounds throughout the county to ensure a safe environment for children to play.

Outlining the significance of the Healthy Ireland Programme, Donegal County Council Chief Executive Mr. John G. McLaughlin said “Healthy Donegal was established in 2018 and is currently in its fourth round of funding under the Healthy Ireland Programme. The Healthy Ireland Framework provides a cross-Government focus to deliver the vision for a Healthy Ireland. In promoting activity-friendly environments like playgrounds, Donegal County Council is helping empower people and communities to encourage children to be more physically active which is a significant contributor to their health and overall wellbeing.”

Mayor of Letterkenny-Milford Municipal District Cllr Donal Mandy Kelly took the opportunity to encourage families to use the Playground Passport to explore the great outdoors and emphasised the important role of play in the development of children’s creative, social and emotional skills. Cllr. Kelly added; “free, unstructured play allows children to build resilience, be independent and to learn how to make decisions on their own to achieve results. “

To download a copy of the Playground Passport click below or contact Margaret Fitzgerald, Healthy Donegal Coordinator on 074 9153900 or email mfitzgerald@donegalcoco.ie

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