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Maintenance works at Kilbarry Nature Park

Over the coming weeks (15/01/24 – 09/02/24) we will be carrying out management and maintenance works at Kilbarry Nature Park, including the clearance of vegetation from the side slopes.

The purpose of the same is to implement a maintenance programme to ensure establishing trees are permitted sufficient space and not hampered by aggressive growing and fast colonising vegetation such as gorse and briars. This is in line with best practices for tree establishment in the Forestry and Landscape Guidelines.

20-meter sections will be cleared of gorse, briars and other aggressive vegetation shall be controlled with strategically planted trees being maintained. Works will be completed in advance of the nesting season under Section 40(1) (a) of the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000.

BMX Pump Track latest addition to Dungarvan’s Linear Park

 

 

The BMX Pump track comprises of a 120-metre-long beginners track and a 420-metre advanced track and is the ideal amenity for BMXers to test their ability to ‘pump’ speed from the track using the rollers

As part of the project, Waterford City and County Council consulted with BMX Ireland and Cycling Ireland for advice on the specification for a BMX Pump Track and to ensure the most authentic ‘pump’ experience for its users.

Cathaoirleach of the Dungarvan / Lismore District Cllr. Pat Nugent was delighted to officially open the track and said “It’s wonderful to see the addition of such an accessible, high calibre track to the park.  The feedback from Cycle Ireland, BMX Ireland and the local visitors to the park has been so positive.

“The amenities in this park have flourished and the Learn to Cycle track, performance area, skatepark, BMX Pump track and the imminent completion of an adult exercise area are all fantastic additions to the community landscape and will encourage people of all ages to get out and about and try something new in a safe, family-friendly outdoor area.”

Waterford City and County Council secured funding of €195,000 under the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Sports Capital Programme.

Peter Jones, Waterford Sports Partnership commented, “The input of Cycling Ireland and BMX Ireland was invaluable throughout the process.  In consultation with their members, we were able to deliver a top-class track that is as accessible to beginners as it is challenging to advanced riders.”

Kieran Kehoe, Director of Services with Waterford City and County Council added, “As a Smarter Travel Town, Dungarvan is leading the way in providing outdoor cycle and walking facilities to encourage a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle to all ages.  The Local Authority will continue to invest in such amenities so that the benefit can be reaped by everyone in the town and surrounding areas.”

The Pump track was constructed in a sustainable manner, applying the principles of the circular economy in terms of reuse of materials and life cycle costing.  Recycled aggregates were used in the build-up of all slopes, banks and ramps and these were provided by quarries in the Dungarvan area.

Works were completed earlier this month by contractors Trailbreaker, along with VeloSolutions which developed the plan for the track.

Mayor of Waterford supports ‘Love This Place’ campaign

 

 

Last month, Leave No Trace (LNT), Ireland’s only outdoor ethics programme, which promotes the responsible use of the outdoors launched its fourth National Awareness Campaign urging the public to enjoy our outdoor spaces (including parks, open countryside, and beaches) with care and respect to protect wildlife and fragile natural ecosystems.

Members of the public are urged to make a Promise to #LoveThisPlace, confirming their love of the outdoors with simple, positive actions to protect and respect outdoor spaces.

This year’s campaign culminates in a day of environmental action on National ‘Love This Place’ Day on Friday, July 28th, which coincides with World Nature Conservation Day.

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Conway voiced his support for the campaign.  “Each of us, with minor changes to our attitudes and actions, can make a big difference.  By taking litter home or binning it, practicing responsible dog ownership and committing to respecting and protecting our environment and cultural heritage, we will all derive the benefits of our outdoor spaces and recreational areas.

“These small changes will lead to significant positive results and help improve our environment and biodiversity, as well as our physical and mental well-being.”

Ella Ryan, Environmental Awareness Officer with Waterford City and County Council, added “The Love this Place campaign runs throughout the summer months, but we should love our places and spaces 365 days of the year.  The Love this Place campaign sets out simple guidelines for us all to help keep Ireland litter free, to protect our wildlife, protect our land and coast and to embrace our island and cultural heritage.  All it takes is small individual changes to make a significant collective difference for the better.”

Further information and guidance for individuals, communities and organisations is available from https://www.leavenotraceireland.org/love-this-place-leave-no-trace

 

Images (WCCC):

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Conway, Dawn Wallace and Ella Ryan, Environment Department, Waterford City and County Council with Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Conway

Railway Square Pocket Garden on the right track

Waterford City and County Council recently completed works on a new pocket park at Railway Square.

The pocket park is a welcoming urban space consisting of plants and flowers in raised beds, and a spacious seating area, to encourage people to relax in a garden oasis in the heart of the city.

The area originally housed a small play park, however, this was repurposed as a pocket garden to mitigate anti-social behaviour.

The new park complements the regeneration the area is currently undergoing as it is close to the many commercial and retail outlets, giving staff and employees the opportunity to take a relaxing break in the city oasis.

Sean Gormley, Acting Senior Executive Engineer with Waterford City and County Council emphasised the importance of public green spaces. “Green areas are proven to have a positive effect, not just on our biodiversity, but also on our mental health and well-being.

“By introducing the pocket park to Railway Square, the area is now an inviting and open space, and it has become a popular meeting point for those who work and live in the area, encouraging a healthier outdoor and social culture.”

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Conway welcomed the addition of the pocket park to Railway Square.  “The original infrastructure invited an anti-social element and, unfortunately this precluded a lot of young children and families using the space for its intended purpose.

“Waterford City and County Council’s Environment team has successfully repurposed the space and intends to introduce more of these biodiversity pockets throughout the city and county.

“Ideally, these green urban areas will have a far-reaching impact by minimising the consequences of climate change, encouraging social cohesion and improving biodiversity and the quality of urban living.”

The main contract on Railway Square Pocket Park was undertaken by RFL ltd., with the overall cost of the project at €45,000.

Communication boards installed in Waterford playgrounds

Waterford City and County Council, in partnership with Waterford Sports Partnership, has designed and installed communications boards in playgrounds throughout the city, with further roll-out scheduled for the county.

The communication boards consist of symbols, pictures and or photos that enable non-speaking or minimally speaking children to communicate with those around them.

By pointing to a specific image or symbol, those with speech and language difficulties will be able to communicate with those around them and minimise frustrations or misunderstandings.

The boards feature a variety of graphics representing feelings, actions, activities, and question symbols.

Sean Gormley, Acting Senior Executive Engineer with Waterford City and County Council said, “As part of Waterford City and County Council’s objective to make our playgrounds fun, enjoyable and accessible to all, we have started introducing the communication boards in 28 parks and play areas across the city and county.

“The boards have already been installed in the People’s Park, Ballybeg, Farronshoneen Park, Butler Community Centre and Mount Sion GAA grounds in the city, with delivery and installation scheduled in the coming weeks for the remaining sites.

“For some children who have speech difficulties or find it difficult to communicate verbally, these boards make it easier to convey what they are trying to communicate.  The symbols are clearly marked out and range from asking a question, to highlighting how they are feeling, or where they would like to go within the park.

“It’s a simple but very effective addition to our amenities and we hope it will encourage parents and families of non-speaking or minimally speaking children to enjoy all the facilities in our playgrounds.”

The communication boards were funded through Waterford Sports Partnership and manufactured by local print company, Graphic Image.

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Sites where communication boards are scheduled for installation:

 

Dungarvan:

Linear Park (beside LIDL)

Walton Park

Learn to Cycle Track

Tramore:

Inclusion Park on The Prom

Priests’ Road near Supervalu

County Waterford:

An Rinn

Ardmore

Bonmahon

Cheekpoint

Clashmore

Dunmore East

Fenor

Kilmacthomas

Kilmeaden

Lismore

Modeligo

Passage East

Portlaw

Rathgormack

Stradbally

Tallow

Lemybrien

Reminder: Ballinacourty Greenway Spur Improvement Works – Public Meeting

Waterford City and County Council is organising a public information event regarding the Ballinacourty Greenway Spur widening and improvement project. This is a ‘drop in’ event which will take place in St. Laurence’s Community Hall, Ballinroad, X35 KT53 on Tuesday 9th May between 5 and 8 p.m.

Interested parties are invited to attend to meet and discuss the current proposals with members of the project team and to view project plans and particulars. Those in attendance will also be advised as to how they might get involved in the Part VIII Planning process, which commences on the same date and will close for public submissions on 20th June 2023.

The proposed development will consist of:

  • Improvement works to the existing pathway by widening the path and by carrying out some drainage works along the route in the townlands of Kilgrovan and Ballynacourty, Co. Waterford:
  • Widening southern section between L7010 Ballinard and L7011 Ballinclamper Road a distance of approx. 450 metres to 3 metres wide.
  • Widening the northern section between L7011 Ballinclamper Road and L3011 Clonea Strand Road a distance of approx. 630 metres to 5 metres wide
  • Provision of a pedestrian crossing on the L-7011 at Ballinclamper and improvement of the sight lines at this crossing.
  • Provision of one agricultural crossing point along the route which will be formed by way of gated access.
  • Connecting two of the main car parks serving the Clonea Strand Blue Flag Beach at Ballinclamper and at Ballinard with a new pathway between the Greenway and the car park.
  • Addition of a new picnic and amenity area at Ballinclamper car park on Council owned lands which will include some surfacing works.
  • Enhancement of the existing amenity area/bike parking at Ballinard car park.

The proposed enhancement works are being funded under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme which is administered at national level by the Department of Rural and Community Development. The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme provides funding for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure.

It also provides support for the necessary repair, maintenance, enhancement or promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure in rural areas across Ireland. To date this scheme has funded numerous recreation schemes around Co. Waterford since its inception in 2017.

 

 

Ballinacourty GreenWay Spur Improvement Works- Public Meeting

Waterford City and County Council is organising a public information event regarding the Ballinacourty Greenway Spur widening and improvement project. This is a ‘drop in’ event which will take place in St. Laurence’s Community Hall, Ballinroad, X35 KT53 on Tuesday 9th May between 5 and 8 p.m. Interested parties are invited to attend to meet and discuss the current proposals with members of the project team and to view project plans and particulars. Those in attendance will also be advised as to how they might get involved in the Part VIII Planning process, which commences on the same date and will close for public submissions on 20th June 2023.

The proposed development will consist of:

  • Improvement works to the existing pathway by widening the path and by carrying out some drainage works along the route in the townlands of Kilgrovan and Ballynacourty, Co. Waterford:
  • Widening southern section between L7010 Ballinard and L7011 Ballinclamper Road a distance of approx. 450 metres to 3 metres wide.
  • Widening the northern section between L7011 Ballinclamper Road and L3011 Clonea Strand Road a distance of approx. 630 metres to 5 metres wide
  • Provision of a pedestrian crossing on the L-7011 at Ballinclamper and improvement of the sight lines at this crossing.
  • Provision of one agricultural crossing point along the route which will be formed by way of gated access.
  • Connecting two of the main car parks serving the Clonea Strand Blue Flag Beach at Ballinclamper and at Ballinard with a new pathway between the Greenway and the car park.
  • Addition of a new picnic and amenity area at Ballinclamper car park on Council owned lands which will include some surfacing works.
  • Enhancement of the existing amenity area/bike parking at Ballinard car park.

The proposed enhancement works are being funded under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme which is administered at national level by the Department of Rural and Community Development. The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme provides funding for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure. It also provides support for the necessary repair, maintenance, enhancement or promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure in rural areas across Ireland. To date this scheme has funded numerous recreation schemes around Co. Waterford since its inception in 2017.

 

 

National Tree Week Launch

Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr. John O’Leary took part in a tree planting initiative in Dungarvan to mark National Tree Week 2023

National Tree Week Launch Waterford

National Tree Week is Ireland’s largest annual tree celebration runs from March 19th to 26th March and is dedicated to celebrating and raising awareness of the importance of trees to the environment.

Organised by The Tree Council of Ireland and proudly supported by Coillte, National Tree Week has been running for over 35 years.  This year’s theme is ‘Biodiversity Begins With Trees’highlighting the benefits of trees to our environment and local communities.

The objective of Tree Week is to inspire people to plant and care for trees and to highlight the many benefits trees provide to our environment and local communities.

Over 440 trees and hedging plants have been planted in Dungarvan so far this year, including birch, hazel, holly and ash, as well as numerous fruit bushes and trees.

New Exercise Equipment for People’s Park

Waterford’s People’s Park will soon have new adult exercise equipment following a replacement of the existing equipment which was beyond feasible repair.

Working with Waterford Sports Partnership suitable equipment was selected, tendered and Browne Bros Ltd, Cork were awarded the contract.

Installation is expected approx. mid July 2022. The design of the equipment can be seen in the PDF below and will be located east of the Skate Park.

New murals on display at performance space in Fairlane Park, Dungarvan

Waterford City and County Council enlisted The Walls Project (the company behind Waterford Walls) to work with students in four Dungarvan secondary schools to create these murals for the new outdoor performance space in Fairlane Park, Dungarvan.

Facilitating artists Magda Karol and Jorge Ruiz worked with four groups of talented young artists to produce eight artworks to adorn the concrete benches at the space, with a theme of ‘the beauty and heritage of Dungarvan’. The students have produced some fantastic, eye-catching work and really captured the essence of Dungarvan and what it has to offer.

With thanks to: Ard Scoil na nDéise, Dungarvan College, Dungarvan CBS, The Friary College, Creative Waterford and the Arts Office.