Calls for pontoon to increase  activities on Cork river

Calls for pontoon to increase  activities on Cork river
Kayaking on the Owenabue river is popular and could be even more so with better facilities. Picture: Liam O’Connor

Kayaking and boating are becoming increasingly popular on the Owenabue river and calls are being made for facilities to encourage the pastimes.

Fine Gael councillor Liam O’Connor is asking the county council to install a pontoon on the estuary. The pontoon, which could be installed in the Carrigaline Park area, would increase access to the water for kayakers and for other water enthusiasts.

The motion, which will be discussed at the Carrigaline Municipal District meeting on Monday, hopes to get approval from the council.

Speaking about his motion, Mr O’Connor said kayaks are currently being launched from the grass river bank.

“A number of kayaking events were held successfully last summer, with many more planned for 2020,” he said.

Mr O’Connor said he had discussed his proposal with local businesses, in order to make an informed suggestion to the council.

“I have liaised with a local water activities group, FunkyTown Adventure Centre, who are based in Fountainstown, to help define the suitable requirements for this infrastructure,” he said

“A pontoon, five metres by two metres, would be adequate, as it would be ideal for safe launching of kayaks and will give safer access to small boats.”

The Fine Gael councillor said there was a clear case for the facility, which could increase kayaking, boating, and leisure activities in the area.

“As the largest town in County Cork, Carrigaline requires significant investment over the next number of years,” he said. “There are many exciting plans for our town, including improved transport infrastructure, new schools, housing developments, and a much-needed centre town plaza, which is a project I have been calling on for many years,” Mr O’Connor said. “The Carrigaline Transportation and Public Realm Enhancement Plan, which is being developed, will provide us with a comprehensive and tangible approach to meet the needs of the town and its growing population. A plan to realise the potential of the river and estuary, for example, water sports, kayaking, etc, must be considered in this plan.”

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