Funding for Waterford projects under Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme
Waterford projects have received a total of €105,900 funding under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme 2020.
Four of the successful applications were submitted by Waterford City and County Council and two by Waterford Leader Partnership.
The successful projects are:
- The Towers Walk (Ballysaggartmore) €20,000: Maintenance and repair work to the trail and historic structures that are synonymous with this popular local amenity.
- Boolas Looped Walk (Rathgormack) €10,800: Repair works to sections of the Boolas Loop Walk, part of the Rathgormack Walks network.
- Abbeyside Coastal Walk (Abbeyside) €20,000: Upgrade of further section of the Abbeyside Coastal Path between Lansend and Abbeyside boardwalk.
- Nire Valley Walks (Nire Valley) €20,000: Ongoing maintenance of Nire Valley Walks including extension of boardwalk section.
- Mount Melleray Monastery Walks (Cappoquin) €17,550: Upgrade to three quality looped walks off the 100km St Declan's Walk between Cashel and Ardmore: the Well Walk 2.5km, Cross Walk 4.1km and Source Walk 9.1km.
- Carriglea Wood Enhancement €17,550: Clear vegetation, planting, feature enhancements along the walk. Website to promote the walk.
Mayor of Waterford City and County Council Cllr Damien Geoghegan has welcomed the funding. "Investment in upgrading and maintaining trails and outdoor recreational amenities like these has become more important than ever. Throughout 2020 we saw that people really seized the opportunity to get out in the open air at one of the many outdoor amenities spread right across the county. Taking our daily exercise has now become a vital part of daily life as we navigate our way through this pandemic," the Mayor said.
"It is vitally important that the local authority and communities are enabled to maintain our favourite walking and cycling routes and other amenities, which allow people to enjoy these facilities at their very best."
Senator John Cummins complimented Waterford City and County Council and Waterford Leader Partnership for their work in putting forward these projects for consideration. "I was delighted to engage with Minister Heather Humphreys regarding these and other projects prior to Christmas and I am delighted that these trails are going to be further developed over the course of 2021. I count myself lucky to have walked many of the trails listed and I would encourage the people of Waterford, if they haven’t already done so, to check them out when the 5km travel restrictions are eased. Obviously, if you are fortunate enough to have them on your doorstep try get out and utilise them," the Waterford Senator added.
Green Party TD Marc Ó Cathasaigh said these projects are a valuable part of bolstering active tourism in Waterford. "We have a fantastic active tourism product developing in West Waterford alongside a vibrant food offering. With the Greenway and St Declan’s Way serving as the cornerstone, these walks in Mellary and Ballysaggartmore, amongst others, add significantly to that offering," he said.
“This pandemic has shown us the importance of local outdoor amenity to communities, and it will be an important part of the recovery of our tourism sector as well. The funding allocated to these projects will open up tourism opportunities for rural communities, while also providing the towns and villages with infrastructure for the locals to enjoy. Waterford is very well placed to capitalise on people’s new-found appreciation of our beautiful outdoors.”