Green light for new public park for Gorey

By Fintan Lambe

Published 29/01/2016 | 17:34

Gorey Showgrounds and the Town Park are to merge.
Gorey Showgrounds and the Town Park are to merge.

WEXFORD County Council has announced that it is to spend €1.2 million in the coming year on transforming Gorey Showgrounds and Gorey Town Park into a single park.

Plans which were unveiled to councillors recently include two open playing fields on the Showgrounds side, an amphitheatre for outdoor events and informal play with seating for spectators, a marsh or wetland area with a boardwalk, a sensory avenue, and a woodland type habitat around the edges.

The confirmation of funding came at last week's meeting of Gorey Municipal District committee by District Director Annette O'Neill who said that the community section of Wexford County Council has agreed to provide funding to complete the plans for the new park. She confirmed that the work can start this year. 'Our plan is to have it complete by Spring 2017,' she said, adding that drainage works are part of the plan. She said it will provide a better venue for public events.

Senator Michael D'Arcy has maintained that the plans must include two full-sized regulation pitches for local soccer clubs. In response, Amanda Byrne said the landscape architect who prepared the concept drawings has confirmed that the site can accommodate two FIFA size pitches. 'The plans have been very well received so far and are generating a real sense of excitement,' she said.

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