A long-awaited €1.5 million community park in Shannon has officially opened to the public today.
The Shannon Town Park will act as a link between the residential and commercial centres of the town, while also giving the local community an outdoor recreation amenity for the first time in decades.
Today has been hailed as an historic day for the people of Shannon, with the opening of a brand new Town Park.
Work has been brought to a conclusion on the facility, at Bothar Linne near the town’s Fire Station and the estate of Brú na Sionna.
It includes footpaths and cycle track, an adventure play area, a first-of-its kind cycle pump track for the Midwest, seating and picnic areas, a water feature and bandstand, along with the planting of native Irish trees.
Director of Economic Development with Clare County Council, Liam Conneally says it’s been a long time coming but he insists it’s not the end of upgrade works for the town of Shannon.
The development of the park was funded both by Clare County Council and EU funding, drawn down via the Southern Regional Assembly.
Communications officer with the Assembly, Siobhán Ruddin says the final product in Shannon is a prime example of how important their funding is.
Now, the public is being urged to make use of the facility, given the time and investment that has gone into it.
Cathaoirleach of Shannon Municipal District and long-time Shannon resident, Independent Councillor Gerry Flynn, has a simple message now – embrace it; use it.