Plans for the superb new Thurles Town Park were unveiled to members of the public last week by Malachy Walsh and Partners Consultant Engineers.
Many interested parties came to the Source to check out the detailed plans which were there for all to see. And, the reaction was very positive indeed with plenty of feedback coming to the consultants - a group of students even suggested that the park whould have wi-fi included.
The fabulous plans for the area adjacent to Thurles Leisure Centre and The Source on a site purchased from St Patrick’s College, show a fully floodlighted all weather pitch, playground, skateboard park, cyclepath, pedestrian footbridge over the river which will link up with Thomand Road.
There is a car parking area also capable of catering for some forty cars with a bicycle rack included too. And, there is a green area for picnics as well as wetlands, meadow and ornamental and woodland planting to soften the features of what will be a huge addition to the town.
The park will be very centrally located - a 1km radius from it would take you to the outskirts of the town in all directions.
Much work has been done in the plans to ensure that the natural floodplain will continue to function while the actual park itself will be raised to ensure that it does not end up under water.
The pedestrian footbridge will link the two sides of the river and there will be a cycle path included on the bridge also. This bridge will open the Source, Leisure Centre and the park to the western side of the town without having to cross the Suir Bridge.
Members of the town and county councils viewed the plans in advance of them being opened to the general public and were very impressed by what they saw. Their veiws were taken on board and incorporated into the plans which will now be adjusted again on foot of comments. Submissions on the plans are still welcome .