TramoreParkWith the final plans for Tramore’s new public park expected to be presented to the February meeting of the Town Council, Fine Gael’s Tom Raine is asking local residents for their suggestions as to what they would like to see incorporated into the development.

Funding has already been granted for the project beside the boating lake near Splashworld. Cllr Raine is calling on everyone, young and old, “to go and visit the area and try to envisage what they would like to see in our new town park. We need to involve the people of Tramore in the planning process to ensure that all needs are catered for.”

Crediting Town Manager Brian White with laying the groundwork, he said: “Even in hard times like these we are thinking ahead so that we will be ready to start construction as soon as the funding is available to spend.”

The plans for the seafront site, which have been delayed by drainage problems concerning the land around the lake, were first flagged in formulating the Tramore Local Area Plan 2007-2013.

It’s intended that the park will feature a variety or artistic, cultural and recreational amenities such as playgrounds, water features, concerts, markets, trade and exhibition stands, as well as ‘quality pedestrian linkages’ and high standards of lighting and landscaping.

A €60,000 bronze sculpture of the Iris flower, by Mayo artist Rory Breslin, won a public artwork competition for the new park off the Prom (so chosen because it inhabits wet areas and watersides.)

The amazing €1.5m transformation of the Causeway Park in Abbeyside, Dungarvan is a good example of what can be achieved. Anything would be an improvement on what’s in Tramore at present.