Headford’s plans for public park and gardens – Connacht Tribune – Galway City Tribune:
Plans to create a new public park and gardens in the heart of Headford were unveiled this week.
Headford Community Garden and Headford Men’s Shed have proposed to the Headford Development Association to build the park in the countryside adjacent to their gardens in Balrickard.
A redesigned multi-habitat park would transform outdoor life in the city and provide a much-needed green space that would be accessible to all – a relaxing environment for all ages and abilities.
Promoters also hope the project will serve as a model for other Irish cities, with Headford becoming a leading example of how parkland and green spaces can help revitalize rural settlements.
“This proposal for a park and gardens in Headford will create a quiet natural space in the center of town that everyone can access and enjoy. It’s a project that will benefit the people and businesses of the city and the surrounding area for generations, ”said Aengus McMahon, spokesman for Headford Park and Gardens.
Within the park, the focus will be on biodiversity. the planting of native trees, the introduction of biodiversity meadows with mowed paths, hiking trails, picnic areas and playgrounds.
The existing gardens and new parkland will serve as outdoor classrooms for the local schools.
There are plans for Seomra Seoda, the director of Presentation College, to use Headford Community Garden for outdoor classes. The park will be fully inclusive and accessible to everyone.
The space will also include an outdoor cultural space for concerts, theater shows, and special events.
“During the Covid lockdown, it was our walks in the countryside and in the wilderness that provided therapy for both body and mind,” said Brendan Smith of the Galway National Park City Initiative.
“In a post-Covid world, it is important that we incorporate green and blue spaces into the structure of our cities and villages for the health of human society and the planet,” he added.
Recently, Galway County Councils unanimously endorsed a proposal to fund a feasibility study to investigate the development potential of a cycle and greenway from Galway City to Headford. The park would be the perfect landing spot for a future greenway.
Groups already sharing the existing garden space include Tidy Towns, Environment Groups, Boy Scouts, the Headford Lace Project, Yarn Bombers, Meals on Wheels, and Ability West.