Meeting called on how to improve Wexford's Redmond Park
The Love Redmond Park group has called a public meeting to discuss how the park might be improved.
Senan O'Reilly, from the group, said that last year the council made a commitment to invest in improvements to the park.
A representative from the local authority is being invited to the meeting at the Fusion Cafe at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10, to outline the council's plans and to listen to what the people want.
'Everyone knows that Redmond Park is a wonderful amenity for the town of Wexford. However, after eight decades of valuable service to the community no one would dispute the fact that it is looking a bit tired,' said Mr O'Reilly.
'When Councillor Fergie Kehoe raised the matter as a motion at a council meeting last year, there was unanimous agreement that the park would be upgraded with a number of areas being singled out for special attention including toddler swings in the playground, facilities for teens, elderly and those those with disabilities, and reinstatement of the much missed pond,' said Mr O'Reilly.
He said feedback on the Love Redmond Park Facebook page suggests that Wexford families would like to see, not just these, but many other areas getting attention, such as a 'circuits' exercise area, an area to walk dogs, a summer café, free toilet facilities and expanding the park into the adjoining land at the Parklands corner.
Others, not least local schools which bring their classes here on nature walks, want to see the biodiversity side of the park nurtured and promoted.
The Memorial Children's Park, to give it its formal title, was formally established in 1933 to remember Major Willie Redmond who died in 1917 in the Great War. The trust by which the park was set up is unequivocal in stating that the park is for the enjoyment of the children of Wexford. Love Redmond Park has asked that a representative of the council attend both to outline any plans it may already have for the park and, just as importantly, to take on board suggestions from those who actually use the park, the families of Wexford.