Wednesday, July 01, 2020

The desire for outdoor spaces has never been so great with plans for Kiltimagh’s Emigrant Park expected to be presented to the public once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

Park designer Patricia Tyrell met with the committee earlier this month and produced an initial draft of the plans for the six-acre town centre site, which backs onto James St, Thomas Street and the Railway Park

“This initial draft, which is a work in progress has met the aspirations of all committee members and we believe it will of those in our community too,” explained committee member Orla Gibney.

“Our plans are moving ahead, even with Covid-19 we have been actively pursuing things to bring the park to fruition,” she added.

Contributions from local families eager to see a green area in the heart of the town and a hefty donation from Mayo-born philanthropist and businessman Bill Durkan has seen the amenity park Committee gather 20 per cent of the project’s €750,000 cost.

The funds have allowed the committee to secure a commitment from the local authority to support an application for capital funding and the council will seek planning permission for the site through a Part 8 application.

Almost a decade after the idea for an outdoor area, albeit on a much smaller scale, was first mooted by parents eager to have a free to use play area in the town the committee can see light at the end of the tunnel.

A fundraising campaign has been launched with a number of ways to donate. Family donations of €100 can be made via Kiltimagh Credit Union’s saving scheme, you can help furnish the park by purchasing a bench, street sign or bridge, private donations, diaspora donation and online donation are also welcome at ‘Kiltimagh Amenity Park’ at www.idonate.ie.

“All donations no matter how big or small will play a vital role in achieving our communal dream of an Amenity Park for all.”

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