Mallow is getting a revamp with plans to develop an integrated park network around Mallow Castle Park, town park and Spa House Park.
These plans by Cork County Council include the potential development of the existing gardens and historic landscape at Mallow Castle, together with the main Mallow Town Park and the Spa House Park.
The framework plans will allow for the phased and incremental development of the Park as a regional destination and local asset.
Leading on from works undertaken in 2020, the Local Authority has appointed Murlyn Civil Engineering Ltd of Gortroe, Youghal, Co. Cork as contractor for the placement and construction of a new pathway in Mallow Town Park at the cost of €246,351.75 including VAT.
Works will involve the extension of the existing concrete pathway from the pedestrian bridge in the Town Park below the Castle Park via the rear entrance to Castlelands Housing Estate and as far as Lower’s Leap area.
A new 3m wide concrete pathway will also be included to accommodate a future 1,080m cycleway.
The works are being funded by a €200,000 grant from the Department of Transport’s Jobs Stimulus Funding for Active Travel and Climate Change Adaptation Measures with Cork County Council topping up the other €46,000.
Works on the new pathway are expected to begin in early October and be complete in December 2020 with access restrictions in place while works are ongoing.
Mayor of the County of Cork Councillor Mary Linehan Foley welcomed the development: “The wonderful heritage and amenities of Mallow will play a central role in its future, with the Mallow Castle Park, Mallow Town Park and the Spa House Park plans playing a central role in providing safe, accessible and ecologically friendly space for the local community and visitors. This development will mark a turning point for Mallow and its growing community, greatly enhancing quality of life for the town and its neighbours.”
Speaking at the contract signing in Mallow, Niall Healy, Director of Services, Cork County Council said: “Mallow is a key target for development, uniquely placed to connect communities throughout North Cork and serving as a gateway to the region for tourists and commuters. These works go hand in hand with Cork County Council’s Project ACT in supporting social and economic restoration in Cork County.”