€125k NeighbourWood Scheme opens at Oak Park.

19th December, 2012

19.12.2012.

Minister of State Shane McEntee officially opened  the ‘NeighbourWood’ play area and upgraded walks at Oak Park on Tuesday 18th December

The NeighbourWood Scheme funds the development of attractive close-to-home woodland amenities for local people, designed and managed through partnerships involving local communities and local authorities. The scheme is funded by the Department of Agriculture and administered through the local authority.

There is a new playground for people with Special Needs, this was done in conjunction with the Delta Centre, there was also a forestry renewal and care element, where pruning etc. of trees close to the walk ways was carried out.

Local TD Pat Deering who secured the funding said ” this is a great amenity on the outskirts of Carlow town, for all the people of Carlow and the surrounding areas. This was made possible by the generosity of Teagasc who have agreed to a 125 year lease of the facility to Carlow County Council, as ownership or long lease was a strict requirement to secure funding. This is a significant investment, this was the biggest grant of its kind nationally, for the smallest county.”

“I would like to acknowledge the effort made by a number of people in making this possible, Carlow Sports Partnership, Bernie O’Brien and Martha Jane Duggan, Billy Gaughan, Oak Park supervisor, Carlow County Council, Director of Services Seamus O’Connor and his team, Eileen Brophy from the Delta Centre, and in a special way Teagasc for making the park available” deputy Deering concluded.