AWARD WINNING ALL ABILITIES PLAYGROUND
The Manor Fields award winning playground is the first All-Abilities Playground in Limerick City and County. It was specifically designed to encourage inclusive play.
Check out the full list of our playground activities below.
- Junior Climbing Frame
- Totem Climbing Poles
- Sand Area
- Picnic Tables
- Wheelchair Friendly Trampoline
- Teenage Hangout Area
- Balance beams and Steps
- Net Swing
- Senior Swing – one with back support
- Sand Chute and Table
- Play Tables
- Extra Wide Playground Paths
- Dutch Disk
- Junior Swings
- Story Telling Area
- Extra Wide Hill Slide
- Senior Climbing Frame
- Tiger Mulch
- Wood Mulch
All-Weather Synthetic Turf Pitch
In March 2017 we opened the Manor Fields Adare Synthetic Turf (Astro) pitch. It is the largest of its kind in West Limerick and the only one in the entire county that is in community ownership. In order to ensure that the playing surface is of the highest standard the pitch as been certified to FIFA, World Rugby and GAA standards.
Only artificial playing surfaces which have been tested in the laboratory and on the field according to the stringent testing criteria of the FIFA Quality Programme can be called football turf. This name means that these systems fulfill the quality requirements necessary for football in terms of playing performance, safety, durability and quality assurance.
In addition, a 20mm Schmitz ProPlay shock pad was installed under the artificial turf.
Since opening, the pitch is used by teams, of varying codes, from all over the county and beyond. It is also very popular for birthday parties.
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Since opening, the Manor Fields has become a fixture for walkers. In fine weather people will walk around the grass pitches and when it is wet, they use the walking trail around the synthetic pitch. In 2017 we received funding to develop the walking paths more and part of it was used to line the paths around the synthetic pitch. So if you feel the need to do a sprint or two, go for it!
Our first grass pitch, inventively known as Pitch 1, opened in June 2009. That bank holiday weekend, teams of volunteers crawled across the pitch picking stones out of it. Watching from a distance, it was like a forensic squad searching an area! With herring bone drainage it is playable for most of the year. The size of the pitch means that GAA games, football, hurling and camóige, can be played to championship level. The width of the pitch allows 2 full sized soccer pitches to be played across it. It is not unusual to see hurling training and soccer training going on side by side!
Pitch 2 is a smaller pitch, suitable for soccer and rugby. Currently it is only playable during the summer as it is situated at the lowest point of facility. However, plans are afoot to realign, raise levels and add additional drainage to the grass pitches to develop them to their full potential.
One of the very first organisations to see the potential in The Manor Fields, was Limerick Cricket Club! Initially, their cricket crease was smack bang in the middle of Pitch 1. It certainly created an interesting topic during GAA and soccer games, as to why there was this very bald strip in the middle of a very green grass pitch. Since then, The Manor Fields has become the home ground to Limerick Cricket Club and a synthetic cricket crease has been installed – in a new position!