A MAJOR new €1.5 million public park is to be developed in Wexford.
The 18-acre park is to be located at Killeens, Wexford, close to the site of the proposed new Loreto secondary school.
Mayor of Wexford Cllr. George Lawlor welcomed the development, saying the new public park would be a 'welcome and significant addition' to the amenities of Wexford Town and District. The purchase of the lands for the public amenity is at an advanced stage.
'The population of Wexford is increasing rapidly as evidenced by the most recent census and it is essential that Wexford County Council, as the primary provider of public services in Wexford, continually invests in the amenities of our county, ensuring they are developed and expanded to keep pace with the growing needs of the community,' said the mayor.
'There will be over one km of walkways, large open spaces for games, water features and we're hopeful that we will be in position to put up a permanent memorial to the 800 people from County Wexford who died in the First World War,' said the mayor. The park will be funded from development contributions.
Wexford County Council Chief Executive Tom Enright described the new neighbourhood park as an important and much needed public amenity. "The provision of a large, high quality neighbourhood park at this strategic location will complement and add value to the new Loreto School to be built close by.
The new park will provide an important balance to the relatively high housing density in the area and the park and school together will act as a strong focal point in the development of the surrounding community" said Mr. Enright.
'This is an opportune time to invest in public open space for Wexford with land prices currently at a relatively low level but likely to increase significantly in the face of a renewed housing demand,' said Mr. Enright.
'It is also important to plan for the future and to have public amenities at the centre of future development and not pushed out to the margins.'
Mr Enright confirmed that the Council still intends to develop a public amenity on the site of the former landfill at Carcur once environmental mitigation measures have been agreed with the EPA.