City Hall to review what it will do with the Tramore Valley Park

City Hall to review what it will do with the Tramore Valley Park
Tramore Valley Park was officially opened in May and the Council has recieved weekly requests from organisations to use the park. Pic: Damian Coleman.

A REVIEW of operations of Tramore Valley Park will be undertaken next year as the council has been inundated with requests for uses from public groups.

The park, on the site of a former city dump, opened last May to much fanfare and has proved hugely popular with the public.

Among the requests so far have been provisions for a supervised dog walking area where animals can be walked without leads, a swimming pool and several sports clubs have made their cases for City Hall director of operations Valerie O’Sullivan said a review will take place over May and June next year to assess the first year of the park’s operations.

“It is important to note that the park is opened just six months and we are receiving weekly requests for a wide range of different uses and, where possible within available resources, we attempt to accommodate.

“A review of the park will be undertaken during May/June 2020 following 12 months of operation to assess the various existing uses and the capacity of the park to accommodate requests for additional uses and activities,” Ms OSullivan added.

City Council also plans to build a walkover bridge over the N27 to link the park to the Black Ash park and ride and increase pedestrian access to the €42 million park development in addition to the plans to connect the site to Grange via a bridge over the N40.

A pedestrian bridge across the South Link would allow the park to be connected to a walkway which leads to Togher.

Plans for a bridge across the South Ring Road date as far back as 1992.

The city council constructed new internal roads to the park earlier this year to ensure maximum access.

A single-span steel truss bridge is proposed for the bridge, crossing both lanes of the N40. It would travel from the eastern side of Vernon Mount House close to the Alden Grove estate across the road to the park close to Nemo Rangers GAA pitches where it will link to existing cycle paths in the park.

Tramore Valley Park is used primarily as a public park but also contains playing pitches, a biodiversity area and activity trails.

Some other possible uses for the site could see a campervan or caravan park developed.

The 72-hectare park, one of the largest green acre sites in the city, closed as a dump in 2009.

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