Jogging trail is part of Mallow Town Park makeover
Planning permission for a series of major improvements to Mallow Town Park, including a new multi-purpose event area and a jogging track, has been obtained by Cork County Council.
Bord Pleanála approved council plans for an ambitious program of works on existing facilities in Mallow Main Park, including the construction of fishing stands on the banks of the Blackwater River as well as a new skate plaza and a pumping track for cyclists.
Other proposed measures include the construction of new entrances and trails, widening of existing trails and walkways, and a reconfiguration of the current playing fields and training area.
The council also plans to redevelop the playground and provide new parking spaces for cars and bicycles as well as an orientation course.
New landscaping is also planned, while the council will also install existing overhead power lines that run through Mallow Town Park underground as part of the project.
Approving the proposed development, Bord Pleanála said he was confident the plans would not have significant effects on the environment or the community.
The board of directors declared that this would not create a risk of pollution, would not affect the visual or landscape amenities of the area, nor would it have a negative impact on the cultural, archaeological or built heritage.
The council said the various measures would be developed gradually over the next few years “subject to the availability of funds”. Most of the proposed work will take place in the central part of the park known as Long Meadow.
A wrought iron gate that identifies the GAA land as Bishop Casey Park is to be demolished as part of the project.
Five fishing stands will be built on the east side of the park in the area known as Castle Park.
Mallow Town Park, which was bought by City Council in 2015 for more than 1.5 million euros, covers 23 hectares and stretches approximately 2.5 km on the north bank of the Blackwater River.
In its planning application, the council recognized that the park is subject to frequent and significant flooding.
The project is part of a larger master plan for the area which will provide greater connectivity between the park and Mallow Castle and the spa house.
The council said Mallow Town’s park plans would provide “a range of high-quality public amenities in a safe, welcoming, sustainable, responsive, universally accessible and inclusive manner for all ages and abilities.”
An inspector from Bord Pleanála concluded that the plans were likely to result in direct and indirect long-term benefits for the local economy in Mallow as well as for residents and for public health.