THe first city park in Kerry to ever win a Inexperienced Flag Award has simply retained the honour for the fifth 12 months in a row because it grows ever greener.
hilder’s Park in Listowel got here into its personal in lockdown as a whole city renewed its appreciation for the magnificent inexperienced area in its centre, restricted as they have been from travelling past the city bounds for a interval.
Ever since clinching the primary Inexperienced Flag Award for Kerry again in 2018/2019 Listowel City Park has solely been going from power to power, as mirrored within the judging for the massively prestigious worldwide award this week.
Listowel’s nice win, introduced by An Taisce final week, was –in accordance with the judging panel – for a park offering untold profit to the group:
“Childers Park and Woodlands have offered a spot of enjoyment and joyful reminiscences for generations of townspeople.
“It has repeatedly developed with the addition of the numerous facilities now positioned inside it and can proceed to be sensitively developed by Kerry County Council for the enjoyment of the individuals of Listowel and North Kerry,” judges mentioned.
Mayor of Listowel Aoife Thornton paid tribute to these behind the success as she welcomed the information this week and helped erect the Inexperienced Flag for 2022/23.
“It’s improbable to retain this award and nice credit score is because of so many individuals for diligently sustaining and enhancing the Park on a regular basis.
“The members of the Listowel Tidy Cities group do unbelievable work within the Park all the time, no job is ever too tall for them.
“They’re a drive to be reckoned with.
“Kerry County Council workers play an enormous function within the maintenance of the Park and David Toomey is completely devoted to sustaining the enhancing it all the time.
“The Pitch and Putt Membership members deserve big thanks as effectively for his or her nice work.”
Cllr Thornton mentioned it was a very well timed award with the North Kerry Greenway opening in a matter of weeks, if not days – a route that can come down by way of the larger area into the trailhead on the outdated Neodata website on the Bridge Highway.
Among the many biggest results of the award would possibly simply be its affect relating to accessing important funding for enchancment works beneath quite a lot of schemes within the coming months and years.
“The Inexperienced Flag is a significant asset relating to accessing funding because it reveals these liable for allocating funds simply how critical we’re about our city, about enhancing it and attracting increasingly individuals. What it reveals is that we’re prepared to do our half as a reliable group deserving of funding help.
“Lively Journey Funding for example is finishing the pathway by way of the City Park linking up with the City Sq. and with the recently-announced funding from Transport Infrastructure Eire for a brief car-park and bathroom facility on the Neodata Greenway trailhead it’s massively optimistic information.
“All of it’s to the great as we search steady funding alternatives to boost the city, the city park, the greenway and the Inexperienced Flag work,” Mayor Thornton mentioned.