Works are to commence in the New Year on a €400,000 local amenity park in Clifden – after the Government approved an allocation of €80,000 towards the project.
This will see the development of an outdoor gymnasium, ball alleys, two bowling courts, a skate park and a teen recreation area.
The allocation under the recent Town and Village Renewal Scheme will allow for works to start on the Clifden Harbour amenity park in January or February.
However, in order to complete the project, further funding is required and the local fundraising efforts for the amenity park will continue. It is also hoped that further State funding will be provided.
Mayor of County Galway, Cllr Eileen Mannion from Clifden welcomed the funding and it will allow the project to commence in the New Year – however, she stressed the much more funding was required.
Planning permission for the harbour-side amenity park was granted back in 2012 but a lack of funding prevented it from going ahead. Recently an extension of time for the planning permission was granted by Galway County Council.
And this has now coincided with the allocation of €80,000 through the Town and Village Renewal Scheme – it has been very much welcomed by Clifden and District Community Council, who are spearheading the project.
The works involve the demolition of the existing ball alley structure and the provision of the new courts, outdoor gym, skate park along with public pathways and the necessary public lighting.
It will also involve an extension to the existing playground so it is a major development for the town. Also involved in the plan is the provision of a new amenity woodland and associated walkway.
The location of the new amenity park is on the Beach Road in Clifden and the site lies between the road and the scenic Clifden Bay. It is located to the existing ball alley and playground and is currently a vacant site.
Part of the site for the amenity park is owned by Galway County Council while the lands in question were once used as playing pitches by Clifden GAA Club.
Planning permission for the development has now been extended for another five years as the file stated that the original permission was granted at a time when the economic circumstances were not in their favour
Works will commence early in 2018 and it is expected that the ambitious project will be completed by 2020 when it is hoped that all of the necessary funding will be in place.
Mayor Eileen Mannion said that the State funding recently announced was “a godsend” and would allow the project kick off.
The Fine Gael councillor added that Clifden District Community Council’s plans for the amenity park will be a great addition to the town and will enhance the lives of local people and visitors to the area.