Monday 15 July 2019

Funding boost for Gorey Town Park and Showgrounds

Sara Gahan

The long wait is over for the €1.8 million revamp of Gorey Town Park and Showgrounds after securing €200,000 towards the project through the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.

The Outdoor Recreation funding will play a huge part in the development as it should enable work to commence in the short term.

The news that works will commence soon has been welcomed by Gorey Municipal District members.

Amanda Byrne, district manager, said they are in the final stages of the tender process and the contract will be appointed next month.

Cllr Fionntán Ó Suilleabháin said the economic and tourism aspect is important but the main benefit is that Gorey's park will make it the best town park in the South East and will greatly improve the quality of life of local people.

'This is very much welcomed and work will commence early spring of this year,' said Cllr Robbie Ireton. 'I am absolutely delighted with district manager Amanda Byrne and her team for successfully securing the money for this park project as it's great news for the town and park users.'

Cllr Joe Sullivan said the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure grant is very welcome and should enable work to commence in the short term.

The design for the revamp of Gorey Town Park and Showgrounds was revealed in September 2018, with work suppose to begin a few months later. However, last year Wexford County Council re-tendered the project after the first tender call for the development work was unsuccessful. This time the tendering process was broken into two stages - specialist playground element first and the main contract after that. While the tendering is separate, the construction will be undertaken as normal with both contractors working together.

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