Fun times at Clarke's park
The long awaited children's playground at Clarke's Forest may have had a rainy start, but local kids have certainly been enjoying the fun new facilities on offer at Dundalk's newest playpark.
Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council, Councillor Liam Reilly, along with the Cathaoirleach of Dundalk Municipal Council, Councillor John McGahon officially opened the new public park adjacent to Colaiste Chu Chulainn last week.
The new park has been named 'Clarke's Forest Park' as part of the lands on which the park and Colaiste Chu Chulainn are located were formerly owned by Clarkes Shoe Factory and a forest was there for many years.
Cathaoirleach Liam Reilly welcomed the launch of the town's brand new playground: "I am delighted to officially open this park which is designed and constructed to the highest standards and will provide great leisure and fun activities for the young and the young at heart. Its central location is ideal and is so accessible from all parts of Dundalk.'
Chief Executive of Louth County Council, Joan Martin said: 'I am delighted to add this lovely new park to the already wide range of outdoor parks and amenities available in Dundalk.'
She added: 'The development of a park on this site has been an objective of Councillors in Dundalk for many years so it's a great day for the town. I think that the provision of a playground will be very welcome for young families in the area, as well as those visiting the Marshes Shopping Centre.'
The park measures 4000 square metres. and was built in conjunction with Colaiste Chú Chulainn for Louth County Council by Ganson Building and Civil Engineering.
The architects for the scheme were Newenham Mulligan & Associates (NMA), Baggot Street, Dublin and the Quantity Surveyor was McGahon Surveyors, Seatown, Dundalk.
While the park was provided as part of the construction contract for the adjoining school, with the co-operation of the Department of Education and Skills, it has been fully funded by Louth County Council.
The scenic park features over 100m of linear walk between the entrance gates and contains a junior play area with soft surface, a fairy garden, outdoor gym equipment, park benches, raised apothecary planted beds, bulb planted area, hedges and shrubs which will mature over time under the care of the Council's parks department.