Limerick community gets a space in the great outdoors

Members of the local community at the opening of Feenagh Community Park.

A COUNTY Limerick community has an impressive new space to enjoy outdoor activities and hold social events, thanks to the efforts of a local voluntary housing association.

The Feenagh Community Park was part funded by the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, which aims to enhance rural towns and villages through the provision of local recreational amenities.

The project was developed by the Board and directors of Corran-Deel Voluntary Housing Association with the support of Limerick City and County Council.

Members of the local community along with a number of local stakeholders provided encouragement as well as sponsorship and donations that allowed for the project to be delivered.

The park was developed on a two-acre site in Feenagh village adjacent to the Community Centre. It includes walkways with public lighting, a contemplation area and a space for outdoor events as well as tree planting, including a small orchard.

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Other spaces have been identified for future planting and development such as for a sensory and butterfly garden, a bird feeding area and bug hotel.

Car parking facilities were provided as part of the project and the Active Travel Team of Limerick City and County Council recently installed bike parking provided for with funding from the National Transport Authority.

Mayor Francis Foley said that as towns and villages develop, it is  important to remember to make room for nature and create spaces where people can enjoy the outdoors.

“Projects like Feenagh Community Park do not materialise out of fresh air. They require people to have vision and determination to see that vision become a reality. Limerick City and County Council are always willing to support this type of community initiative,” he added.