Parks and Recreation
The Parks Department was established to oversee the development and maintenance
of recreational amenities in Kilkenny City and County. Since its establishment
a range of high quality recreational amenities including 24 playgrounds, parks, outdoor
gyms nad sports pitches have been provided. The department is also responsible for
on-going developments, visitor management and maintenance of Woodstock Gardens
and Arboretum in Inistioge which has become a major tourist attraction in the south east.
The core services provided are:
- Playground development and maintenance - We currently have nineteen
playgrounds around the county with a further three in development to be
completed in 2015.
- These play facilities were developed in conjunction with local communities and
many are also maintained with assistance from local communities and local
- All playgrounds are inspected each week by our own in-house playground
inspector for any potential safety issues and are also cleaned each week or more
often, where required, to ensure they continue to be safe and clean to use for
- The Parks Section have developed and maintain a number of town and city
parks which provide a range of facilities including footpaths, cycle ways,
Multi Use Games Areas (MUGA) soccer pitches outdoor gyms etc. These
parks are Garrincreen Neighbourhood Park, The Nore Linear Park, Pococke
Neighbourhood Park, Bishops Demesne Neighbourhood Park, The Fair Green
Callan and Newpark Marsh Park.
- A bridge suspended beneath the existing Ossory Ring Road Bridge was installed
to link the east and west banks of the Nore Linear Park south of Kilkenny City
providing the final piece in a 4km long off road walking and cycling trail.
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- A pitch licensing facility is being operated on a number of pitches in the city
and environs. These pitches at Newpark Marsh Park, The Waterbarracks,
Millennium Court, Larchfield and Garrincreen Neighbourhood Park are leased
out to clubs for training and matches. A comprehensive summer maintenance
scheme is implemented for each of the pitches to ensure the provision of top
class playing surfaces.
- MUGA's have been developed and are maintained regularly at The Fair Green
Callan, Coan, Newpark Marsh Park, Bishops Demesne and Garrincreen
Neighbourhood Parks. These facilities provide opportunities for year round
play of a range of different sports and have proved extremely popular since
- Outdoor Gyms are provided and maintained at five locations throughout the
county allowing creating an opportunity for all to exercise and get fit in the
open air and without having to attend a traditional gym.
- Repairs were organised and completed to a number of recreational resources
throughout the county following Storm Darwin and the Parks department was
centrally involved in the cleanup operation including the reopening of transport
arteries and the provision of technical advice on potentially dangerous trees
and structures following the storm.