The new Town Park planned for Barrack Hill in Carndonagh will be a very significant addition to the town and local community according to local TD Charlie McConalogue. Deputy McConalogue has welcomed confirmation that funding has been approved for the project.
“A total of €666,000 will be spent on the project with €500,000 approved this week from Inishowen Development Partnership combined with funding already secured from Inishowen Electoral Area Councillors meaning the project will be delivered.
“The Barrack Hill Town Park Project will consist of a new childrens playground for the town and surrounding area, a substantial town park with a network of walkways, a unique cycle cross track for cycling enthusiasts, outdoor exercise equipment for the elderly as well as public art works.
“This really is fantastic news for the town and surrounding area especially in the difficult economic times we are in. The facilities which will form part of the project will have something of interest to almost everyone in the community and with its central location just behind the church on Barrack Hill will be a facility at the heart of the town.
“The project which is led by the community based Carndonagh Playground Development Committee is a unique one in that it is a community led application in association with the local authority and supported by Leader funding. It is the first of its kind in the country from my knowledge to have this structure and required the approval of the Minister for the Environment before it could proceed.
“It comes after much hard work and effort exploring various funding avenues which makes the fact that it has now secured funding all the more rewarding. I would like to acknowledge the work of everyone in getting the project to this stage, including Carndonagh Playground Development Committee, Inishowen Devlopment Partnership, Inishowen County Councillors and Donegal County Council for whom Aideen Doherty has done trojan work in assisting the project get to this stage.
“There is still a lot of work still ahead for all involved to deliver the project but with the funding now secured we can look forward to the delivery of a project that will be of significant value to the town and local community,” concluded deputy McConalogue.