News of the green flag widely welcomed by all in the North Kerry capital
THe first town park in Kerry to ever win a Green Flag Award has just retained the honour for the fifth year in a row as it grows ever greener.
Childer’s Park in Listowel came into its own in lockdown as an entire town renewed its appreciation for the magnificent green space in its centre, restricted as they were from travelling beyond the town bounds for a period.
Ever since clinching the first Green Flag Award for Kerry back in 2018/2019 Listowel Town Park has only been going from strength to strength, as reflected in the judging for the hugely prestigious international award this week.
Listowel’s great win, announced by An Taisce last week, was –according to the judging panel – for a park providing untold benefit to the community:
“Childers Park and Woodlands have provided a place of enjoyment and happy memories for generations of townspeople.
“It has continuously developed with the addition of the many amenities now located within it and will continue to be sensitively developed by Kerry County Council for the enjoyment of the people of Listowel and North Kerry,” judges said.
Mayor of Listowel Aoife Thornton paid tribute to those behind the success as she welcomed the news this week and helped erect the Green Flag for 2022/23.
“It is fantastic to retain this award and great credit is due to so many people for diligently maintaining and improving the Park all the time.
“The members of the Listowel Tidy Towns group do incredible work in the Park always, no task is ever too tall for them.
“They are a force to be reckoned with.
“Kerry County Council staff play a huge role in the upkeep of the Park and David Toomey is utterly dedicated to maintaining the improving it always.
“The Pitch and Putt Club members deserve huge thanks as well for their great work.”
Cllr Thornton said it was a particularly timely award with the North Kerry Greenway opening in a matter of weeks, if not days – a route that will come down through the greater space into the trailhead at the old Neodata site on the Bridge Road.
Among the greatest effects of the award might just be its influence when it comes to accessing vital funding for improvement works under a variety of schemes in the coming months and years.
“The Green Flag is a major asset when it comes to accessing funding as it shows those responsible for allocating funds just how serious we are about our town, about improving it and attracting more and more people. What it shows is that we are willing to do our part as a trustworthy community deserving of funding support.
“Active Travel Funding for instance is completing the pathway through the Town Park linking up with the Town Square and with the recently-announced funding from Transport Infrastructure Ireland for a temporary car-park and toilet facility at the Neodata Greenway trailhead it’s hugely positive news.
“All of it is to the good as we seek continuous funding opportunities to enhance the town, the town park, the greenway and the Green Flag work,” Mayor Thornton said.