Work underway on €1.6m town park project

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

An artist's impression of what the Croom civic centre and surroundings will look like when completed
WORK on a €1.6m town park development which will see the St Mary’s Park/Well Meadow area of Croom transformed into a vibrant community amenity, has commenced.

WORK on a €1.6m town park development which will see the St Mary’s Park/Well Meadow area of Croom transformed into a vibrant community amenity, has commenced.

The project which is being spearheaded by Croom Community Development Association Ltd will see the 13 acres of St Mary’s Park/Well Meadow upgraded and improved to include a number of features and facilities including a new civic centre.

The project, which will take between 12 and 18 months to complete, includes the development of 11 acres of the site into a state-of-the-art town park to include improved access to the river and the park, upgrade works to St Mary’s Well and the Mass rock area, development of a series of looped walks, seating areas, landscaping, wildlife area, and a children’s playground.

On the remaining two acres, a civic centre and car park will be constructed which will include a function room/theatre, tea room, community office, meeting rooms, and library area.

“Following a number of years of planning the design of the town park, we are delighted to announce that work has commenced,” said John Corry, chairperson of the Town Park Committee. “This will take 12 to 18 months to complete and once finished Croom will have a town park to be proud and deserving of”.

It is expected that there will be approximately 10 jobs created as a result of the project once the construction work is completed.

“Funding by way of grant aid from the Rural Development Programme administered by Ballyhoura Development and the JP McManus Pro-Am Committee along with local fundraising will enable this to be completed,” explained Elaine Butler, CEO of Croom Development Association.

The association is chaired by well-known businessman Denis Brosnan.

Contractors on site include Grangemore Landscapes, Conack Construction and Nautic Construction.

“They have all the footpaths laid out and they are doing some of the flood attenuation works. They are getting the site ready for landscaping,” Ms Butler continued.

The Hederman family (family of Carmencita Hederman, former Lord Mayor of Dublin) were the original owners of this land and following negotiations with members of Croom Community Development Association they agreed to sell the land which was to be used as an amenity area for the people of Croom.

Down through the years the area has served many functions with pitch and putt being one the principal activities taking place there.

The new development is the latest good news story for Croom and the surrounding area - last May saw the opening of the new Croom Enterprise Centre.