Waterford City Council has announced plans to create a €4m
biodiversity park on the Tramore Road in the city.
The works, part-funded by the Office of Public Works, will
see an extension of the St John's River Walk and the creation
of a 50-acre public park and nature reserve in the areas of
Kilbarry Bog and the former Kilbarry landfill site. The park
will also include flood relief works on the Tramore Road.
According to a Waterford City Council spokesman, the biodiversity
park will result in “one of the largest urban parklands in
the country” and will cover an area equivalent to three times
that of the People’s Park.
Kilbarry Bog - a proposed natural heritage area - is important
for plant and animal biodiversity, according to the spokesman.
It provides food and cover for mammals and birds along with
plant and animal communities, moths and butterflies.
The extension of the river walk will see the public pathway
developed in order to reach the Tramore Road roundabout on
the outer ring road, travelling through the bog - offering
views of the “unique plant and wildlife there”.
The walkway, east of the Tramore Road, will be connected
to the new parklands on the remediated landfill site where
refuse was dumped for 30 years prior to its closure in 2005.