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ARTHUR'S QUAY PARK - NEW THINKING REQUIRED

21 July, 2006


Maurice Quinlivan, Vice Chairperson of Limerick Sinn Fein:  has called on Limerick City Council to act immediately to improve facilities, visibility and security for Arthur’s Quay Park in the city centre.

Quinlivan, who will be standing as a candidate in the forthcoming General Election says he has received numerous requests from constituents to raise this issue:  “A number of Parent and Toddler groups are seeking family friendly facilities in the city centre, akin to other major urban centres. This would also complement the pedestrianisation of parts of the city, bring more people and families into the city, and restore Arthur’s Quay Park to what it should be - an accessible, safe and family friendly facility open to all. “

“A 50% reduction in the height of the fencing and removal of high shrubs and trees as necessary would make the park more visible and increase its’ appeal. It should be relatively easy to do this work and a reduction in the fence size will lead to the park being more open, accessible and safer. This would encourage more people to use the park and also help to reduce incidents of crime/ anti social behaviour.

                             Shop n Play in the Treaty City

“ A playground for children is also a necessary and long overdue investment in the Park. This could go someway to improving the shameful neglect of playgrounds Limerick City has.  Here is an opportunity where children could play in the centre of the city whilst their mother/father could relax watching the swans and rowers drift by, and help increase business for city centre shopping.”

 

Finally the Council should actively promote the Park as a leisure venue for families and children via a series of events such as bar-b-que’s, outdoor music entertainment and family fun days. The park should be promoted for use by city centre workers for lunch breaks and picnic style seating as required installed. This is a wonderful resource we have here in  the city which unfortunately we don’t make the best use of.”

 

This is not the first time that Quinlivan has highlighted this issue. ”I made representations to the council regarding an upgrade for Arthur’s Quay Park as far back as 2003 and I will keep raising this issue until action is taken”ENDS

 

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