THE Baggot Estate has received a multi-million euro upgrade, which has seen a recreational walkway completed through its heart.
Mayor of Limerick, and southside councillor Jim Long officially opened the improved estate, which Limerick City Council has developed to provide recreational amenity in the area.
The main part of the redevelopment is the construction of a one-kilometre walkway. And whichever time of the day people walk or cycle through the estate, they will be able to feel safe, thanks to continuous closed circuit television.
Mayor Long - who lives just metres away from the park - said: “The walkway will provide a wonderful opportunity for residents not just in Ballinacurra but also Raheen,Dooradoyle and the wider Limerick City region to enjoy the natural landscape and to avail of what the Baggot Estate has to offer.”
Environmental director of service Caroline Curley added: “The Baggot Estate Recreational Walkway is a welcome addition to the city’s growing network of walkway amenity and is one that will provide attractive visual and walking potential for Ballinacurra and surrounding areas.”
Nordon Landscapes Ltd were responsible for constructing the stone walkway, with a tar and chip finish.
The firm also installed the camera system which is intended to keep the area safe and clean for visitors.
The wide range of wildlife which frequents the area are depicted on an information sign at the start of the walkway to keep walkers informed of what they might see on their journey.
The gardai have said they will also play a proactive role in ensuring that the walkway is supervised.
In preparation for this, Limerick City Council has updated the Intoxicating Liquor Bye Laws which allows gardai and authorised personnel to issue on the spot fines of €75 to persons consuming intoxicating liquor in public open areas.
The nature walks at Baggott Estate will be maintained by Limerick City Council’s Environment Department .
They have called on all users to be respectful of the area and take away any litter or rubbish that they may generate as part of their walks.