Everything on schedule for new Min Ryan Park
While a whole lot of the work may not be visible behind the colourfully decorated fencing in front of the new Min Ryan Park, Wexford County Council has moved to assure the public that things are progressing on schedule at the site.
The sod was officially turned on the €4 million project at Killeens back in September of last year and the 18 acre park is eagerly awaited by the Wexford public.
Named after Min Ryan from Tomcoole in Barntown, who played a huge role in Ireland's development in revolutionary years, a donation of €200,000 towards the cost of the park was made by her grandson Richard Mulcahy and his family.
Situated next to the new Loreto Secondary School, the park is to feature surfaced walkways, parkland, a playground, picnic areas, civic spaces, a water feature, a dog park and a memorial garden, as well as some beautiful scenic walks containing rich bio-diverse eco systems such as a wetland area, wild-flower meadows and native woodland habitats.
Future additions are also set to include a skateboard park and children's road cycling training facility.
While some concerns had been expressed over the progress on the park, an aerial photograph issued by Wexford County Council shows the extent of the earthworks carried out by heavy machinery at the site.
'I have been assured that work is ongoing and on schedule,' said Mayor George Lawlor.
'Barring any extreme weather or anything like that, the indication is that we expect to take possession in November. I think even from the aerial photo it's hard to see the extent of the earthworks and shaping that's been done. The park will then be further developed over the coming years and will be a tremendous civic amenity for the people of Wexford. It will certainly enhance the area.'