How it Started

In October 2002 a consortium of local organisations, now known as the Liberty Consortium, came together to form a steering committee to work towards the following aim:
“Through community co-operation and collaboration to design, construct, develop and maintain an inclusive adventure playtrail in the grounds of the Racecourse Road Campus of Foyle View School and Belmont House School.”

Tom McCully & Michael Dobbins, principals of Belmont House
and Foyle View Schools watching work begin on the Playtail

A 25 year lease has been secured from Western Education & Library Board (WELB) and the significant capital works of the Playtrail has been completed. The completed areas include a large adventure play area which includes a 20m 'zip' slide, a unique sensory garden containing specialised equipment to excite the senses of children & young people, a junior play area, an impressive 200 seater outdoor auditorium, nature trail and Playtrail Visitor Centre. The 1km trail network, that links all the areas, also includes an orienteering course & trim trail and is fully accessible to all.

Further works have recently been completed on-site with the development of our Eco-Base, a unique environmental educational building that will be used to promote sustainable development and living. The Eco-Base is a 'traditional' strawbale construction, utilising roof slates manufacted from recycled rubber and includes a rain water harvesting system. Funding has also been secured to install a total of 24 PV Solar Panels to produce 'green' electricity for the building.

The Playtrail is open to all to use although all children & young people must be accompained by an adult. Families are asked to make a small donation while there is a fixed fee structure for visiting groups inc. schools.


Why not contact Christine or Dominic @ (028) 7136 8173 to arrange a visit to the Playtrail and dicuss a booking.