Approval given for upgrade works to lakeside park

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Galway Daily news Official reopening of Corry's Field after €25k enhancement

Approval has been given for the county council to carry out improvements to Corry’s Field public park on the shores of the lake in Loughrea.

The county council has received planning permission from An Bord Pleanála to carry out upgrade works on the park’s walking trail and public furniture.

The works will involve resurfacing and upgrading the existing pathways, approximately 1.25km worth of trails, except for a section running to the lakeshore.

The paths will also be widened from their current 2.15m to a more spacious 2.85m in width, and new concrete kerbs are to be installed.

Public benches in the park are also to be replaced or upgraded as part of the project.

Corry’s Field is located on the northern shore of Lough Rea, on the southwest side of town.

The county council had to submit the plans to An Bord Pleanála due to the proximity to protected natural sites, and the potential impact on them.

A Natura Impact Statement was prepared for this planning application.

Planning permission was granted by An Bord Pleanála with seven conditions attached, most relating to environmental protection.

One condition instructed the council to install at least two litter bins, and two dog waste bins, at the entrance to the park, and/or within the park itself.