New park plan boost for Ballyleague as Access For All wins national award

The award-winning Lough Ree Access For All group in Ballyleague Lanesboro has announced this week that it is taking part in a national drive to promote local green spaces thanks to new funding secured through the AXA Parks Fund.

Access For All is one of the selected projects committed to enhancing community connections and environments by improving local infrastructure and amenities along the River Shannon.

People of all ages will have access to a new green space in a project being promoted alongside Roscommon County Council’s Outdoor Recreation plan for the riverside park area in Ballyleague

The project will see the introduction of new Irish native trees and shrubs, new bird boxes in the area, and a new willow tunnel.

Ciaran Mullooly from Lough Ree Access For All told the Roscommon People this week: “We have been working with Roscommon County Council on this project for some time but the support of the AXA Parks Fund through The Community Foundation for Ireland is a great help in turning our vision into reality.

“We are working with ecologist Isabella Donnelly on the project. Local green spaces are vital assets which should be protected, promoted and supported. Our work now will not only deliver benefits for local people now but will help ensure the survival of our local biodiversity to be enjoyed for generations to come.

“Over 3,000 people a year now visit the park to use the Access For All boat and we hope they will enjoy the changes we are making”.

The project is one of 84 being undertaken by community groups across Ireland with funding totalling €900,000 from the AXA Parks Fund.