Nenagh Town Park opens, but swimming pool remains closed

Paul and Deirdre Power, Newtown, Nenagh, watch their daughte,r Jane, on the swings in Nenagh Town Park, which opened last Thursday.  Picture: Bridget Delaney
Nenagh Town Park opened its doors to the public this Thursday, October 9, at 10am following almost a year after the first sod was turned.

Nenagh Town Park opened its doors to the public this Thursday, October 9, at 10am following almost a year after the first sod was turned.

However, the leisure centre attached to the facilty will not reopen for the time being after leaks were discovered in the pool intake pipe.

However, it is expected to be open by the end of this month.

The new park’s facilities include outdoor gym equipment, children’s playground, skate park and zip wire in addition to many benches at various locations where users can enjoy the tranquillity.

Cllr Fiona Bonfield, cathaoirleach, Nenagh MDC, welcomed the park’s opening and said it was a much needed facility for Nenagh and its hinterland. “The town park has something to offer every generation and we look forward to seeing young and old availing of the facilities,” she said.

The park project was initiated by Nenagh Town Council and was one of the planks of former Labour town councillor Lalor McGee’s election campaign in 2009 when he collected 2,500 signatures for the facility. It has been funded by the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport and the local authority.

The delay in reopening the leisure centre is due to a leak discovered in the supply pipework when refilling the pool. The repair and some other minor commissioning is ongoing and it is anticipated that this will be completed shortly.

Meanwhile Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly congratulated the last town council and officials, particularly then town manager Marcus O’Connor, on their hard work and commitment to the project, as well as previous town councils who allocated funding for the project. He praised Mr McGee, who he said had brought the idea of a town park for Nenagh to a reality.

Minister Kelly allocated €400,00 to the town park under the Government’s Sports Capital Grants Programme on top of €144,000 he had earlier secured for the leisure centre.

The park will be open seven days a week. Opening hours will vary between weekends, summer and winter and bank holidays.