Fairgreen work begins at last

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It has been the subject of plans and proposals for several decades, but work finally commenced this week on the recreational park at Fairgreen, off Temple Street in Sligo Town.

PROGRESS: Cllr Declan Bree visits workmen at the Fairgreen as the first phase of a recreational park on the site begins this week.
PROGRESS: Cllr Declan Bree visits workmen at the Fairgreen as the first phase of a recreational park on the site begins this week.

In the last 20 years, the site has been proposed as a municipal yard, a car park, a sports field and a playground, but despite several proposals, it was not until the end of last year that funding was secured for the development of a recreational park on the grounds.

Veteran Sligo County Councillor Declan Bree, who proposed several uses for the site over the years, welcomed the start of construction. “It has taken us a long period of time to get to this stage, however I have no doubt but that the local community will very much welcome this long awaited development,” he told the Sligo Weekender.

“This first phase of the project will include the provision of an all weather Multi-Use Games Area suitable for soccer and basketball. It will also provide for the construction of pathways, associated drainage and ducting to provide future park lighting, in addition to some landscaping.” he said.

“Of course this is only the first phase of the development which will eventually see the provision of pedestrian and cycle paths, the installation of seating and the provision of a looped pathway around the park to serve both as a pedestrian walkway and toddlers bicycle track.

“The total available funding for this phase of the work is €113,000. €80,000 was provided by way of grant aid from the Department in addition to a sum of €33,000 which the former Borough Council had allocated for the project. I believe that further grant aid will need to be applied for in the coming months so as to ensure that the next phase of the development can go to tender sometime in 2017.” said Cllr Bree.TextIt has been the subject of plans and proposals for several decades, but work finally commenced this week on the recreational park at Fairgreen, off Temple Street in Sligo Town.

In the last 20 years, the site has been proposed as a municipal yard, a car park, a sports field and a playground, but despite several proposals, it was not until the end of last year that funding was secured for the development of a recreational park on the grounds.

Veteran Sligo County Councillor Declan Bree, who proposed several uses for the site over the years, welcomed the start of construction. “It has taken us a long period of time to get to this stage, however I have no doubt but that the local community will very much welcome this long awaited development,” he told the Sligo Weekender.

“This first phase of the project will include the provision of an all weather Multi-Use Games Area suitable for soccer and basketball. It will also provide for the construction of pathways, associated drainage and ducting to provide future park lighting, in addition to some landscaping.” he said.

“Of course this is only the first phase of the development which will eventually see the provision of pedestrian and cycle paths, the installation of seating and the provision of a looped pathway around the park to serve both as a pedestrian walkway and toddlers bicycle track.

“The total available funding for this phase of the work is €113,000. €80,000 was provided by way of grant aid from the Department in addition to a sum of €33,000 which the former Borough Council had allocated for the project. I believe that further grant aid will need to be applied for in the coming months so as to ensure that the next phase of the development can go to tender sometime in 2017.” said Cllr Bree.

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