The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Mary Linehan Foley, has confirmed that Haulbowline Island Amenity Park in Ringaskiddy will be open to the public from this Friday January 15.
The recreational area will be a welcome addition for the Cork Harbour region and in particular for residents of Ringaskiddy. Haulbowline Amenity Park includes 4km of harbour-side walkways, a 1km jogging circuit and numerous seating areas to stop and take in the views of Cork Harbour. The park has also been extensively landscaped with over 200 trees, wildflower areas and is rich with biodiversity and wildlife.
Mayor Linehan Foley, welcomed the opening of the park, and noted the value of safe areas for outdoor recreation, which are especially welcome at these times.
“Covid-19 restrictions have seen a huge uptake in people using our parks, beaches and greenways to get exercise within their 5km. "." People living outside 5km from the park will have to wait to visit Haulbowline, but it will be worth the wait for the spectacular views of Cork Harbour,” she said.
Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey, noted the level of transformation that has taken place in the development of the park.
“The most innovative and customised solutions have been applied throughout with spectacular end result; excellent amenities and the establishment of woodlands and wildflower areas.”
A spokesperson for Ringaskiddy and District Residents Association welcomed the opening of Haulbowline Amenity Park and highlighted the value of this amenity to local residents noting that “any environmentally-friendly recreational amenities are most welcome and long overdue for our community”.
Councillor Seamus McGrath also welcomed the opening of the park.
“It is very welcome news. It will be a great facility."
Cork County Council and An Garda Síochána would like to remind the public that the park is currently only open to those living within 5km of Haulbowline and that Covid-19 travel restrictions will be enforced.
The park is gated and will be open to the public from 9am to 4.30pm in the winter months, with spring and summer hours to be decided in due course. Visitors should be aware that the park gates will be locked at closing time.