Cork is developing a Greenway in Glanmire and a new coastal walk from Youghal Town Centre to Red Barn beach, thanks to funding from two separate Government departments.
The new off-road Greenway in Glanmire will link schools and residential areas through O’Callaghan Park and hopes to encourage more sustainable school travel patterns.
This Cork County Council Initiative is estimated to cost €9.3m and is supported by the Rebuilding Ireland Programme under the Department of Housing Planning and Local Government and the Local Infrastructure Activation Fund (LIHAF).
No timeframe has yet been given for the Greenway, which will be delivered in conjunction with a transportation scheme that involves 16 integrated junction upgrades, road upgrades and a new road linking Riverstown to Hazelwood via ALDI.
As well as this, a new coastal walk in Youghal is to be built as part of a new approved €8m package for 18 strategic projects. Michael Ring, TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, yesterday, announced that he has approved the funding for 18 strategic projects under the 2018 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, including €500,000 for the Youghal coastal walk.
The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme is part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and provides funding for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure and the maintenance, enhancement and promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure in Ireland.
The grants being announced today will support a mix of large-scale repair and upgrade measures and new strategic trail development measures, with grants of up to €500,000 each under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.
“Approximately €30 million has now been allocated to over 500 projects under this scheme since 2016 to improve walking trails, greenways and other recreational amenities for communities and visitors all over Ireland,” Mr Ring said.