Community centre and swimming pool in pipeline

Doughiska: facilities boost.

A new community centre and swimming pool is planned for the burgeoning suburb of Doughiska.

An objective in the draft Galway City Development plan is to, “develop a community centre/sports hall, (and) a swimming pool with associated ancillary facilities on a phased basis.”

The new community facility would be based at the existing changing rooms in Doughiska on land that is zoned for recreation and amenity.

Under the chapter four, dealing with natural heritage, recreation and amenity, the Council lists a whole host of projects it hopes to progress over the next five years.

The plan commits the Council to prepare a masterplan for Lough Atalia and Renmore Lagoon, “to include the upgrading of the amenity park, walkways, ecological areas and development of water based recreation forming part of a wider coastal path network.”

The development plan will “facilitate the extension of existing coastal greenway and linkages to create a city-wide coastal path from Silverstrand to Oranmore including the coastal walk extending from Silverstrand to Sailin in conjunction with approved coastal protection works.”

The plan states the Council will “prepare and implement” a masterplan for South Park although this had been an objective in previous plans that had not been met. It also states a masterplan for Kingston will be developed and implemented.

The Council in the next five years will “explore the potential for developing lands adjacent to Menlo Castle incorporating Menlo Woods as a park.”

A specific objective is to retain about 30 car parking spaces “for amenity purposes east of Merlin Park Woods at Doughiska.”

The Council says it will prepare a strategy for the “long-term improvement and enhancement” the famous Salthill Prom. It also plans to develop and upgrade Millar’s Lane.

It plans to develop a number of walkways and what it terms ‘greenways’ for walking and cycling.

Planners want to develop a coastal walk extending from Galway Harbour to Roscam Point and a riverside walk along the western side of the River Corrib in conjunction with NUIG to terminate at the access road beside the running track which links Galway/Moycullen Road at Dangan to the River Corrib.

Another riverside walk is planned from the Dyke Road to NUIG lands on the opposite side of the River Corrib using the piers of the Old Galway-Clifden Railway Line.

Riverside walks are planned for the eastern side of the River Corrib from the Dyke Road to the pier at Menlough; and along the northern side of the Terryland River from the Dyke Road to the point where it disappears underground at Glenanail to the rear of Glenburren Park.

An objective outlined in the plan is to, “develop pedestrian and cycle ways at Knocknacarra, Doughiska and Castlegar linking residential areas with existing and future services and amenities.”