Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD has announced funding under Measure 2 of the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, with Cork County Council successful in securing funding of €346,205 for two projects.
The first will see the Gallanes Walkway in Clonakilty extended to link the town to the West Cork Business and Technology Park, with the addition of safe off-road hiking trails with views of Gallane Lake. The second project will connect Mallow Town with the Lovers Leap Woods on Mallow Castle grounds via a walking trail and a new pedestrian bridge, as well as the provision of a Blueway infrastructure at nearby Killavullen to facilitate access to the River Blackwater.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley, warmly welcomed the announcement,
“The Covid-19 restrictions that have been in place over the past twelve months have truly highlighted the value of our outdoor recreational facilities and their positive impact on our physical and mental health. I look forward to the development of these two projects, which will build on the fantastic work that has already gone into the development of the Gallanes Walkway, and Mallow Castle grounds, as well as opening up access to the River Blackwater. I have no doubt that these amenities will be valued additions for their local communities and will be yet another reason for visitors to make County Cork their destination of choice.”
Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey, noted the importance of continuing to maintain and enhance our outdoor amenities,
“The announcement of this funding and what it means for the development of our recreational infrastructure is most welcome. As well as providing improved spaces for exercise and tourism opportunities, these initiatives will also facilitate smarter travel, opening up access from towns to key industrial areas and providing local amenities in easy reach of urban populations. I want to thank the Department of Rural and Community Development once again for their financial support in the delivery of these projects”.
Work on both projects is continuing, with next steps including the progression of the planning and design phase.
The Outdoor Recreational Infrastructure Scheme is a key initiative under the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and is part of the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 Rural Regeneration Programme.