FCC to host a Community Consultation Session re River Ward Valley Park on Saturday next

by Rose Barrett
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In order to inform the future development of the Ward River Regional Park in Swords, Fingal County Council is set to host a Community Consultation Session on the afternoon of Saturday October 8, from 11am-4pm.

The council recently announced it is looking to create a vastly enhanced Ward River Regional Park, which covers an 80 hectare (200 Acre) area between Swords town centre and Knocksedan Bridge. FCC believes that delivery of the Regional Park Project will help meet the demands of a growing population in the county town as well as providing an appealing destination for visitors to Swords.

Illegal dumping, littering and pollution of the River Ward has been issue in Swords of the years with a campaign group, Save Swords Greenbelt formed to fight any possible further housing development along the greenbelt area.

Kevin Halpenny, Fingal’s Senior Parks & Landscape Officer said: “Getting input from all our community as we look to make strategic improvements to Ward River Regional Park is key to us delivering a public facility that meets everybody’s needs. We are very keen to work with residents, businesses and local groups as we look to transform the park.  I’d like to encourage everyone to get involved and help us improve the park which will play such a unique and important role in our county town.”

The first phase of public consultation will begin on Saturday October 8, with an interactive design workshop to be held at Rivervalley Community Centre from 11-4pm,where the public will be invited to meet with the design team and to share their local knowledge and initial ideas on the future of the park.

A short community survey is available online until Sunday October 16, to help the council gather initial views on the park, and anyone interested in attending the workshops can also find information at: https://www.fingal.ie/WardRiverRegionalPark.

See previous related to Swords River Ward Valley greenbelt area: https://dublingazette.com/dublinlocalmatters/save-swords-greenbelt-cllr-brigid-manton-no-rezoning-533341/

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