Waterford plans €4m biodiversity park


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.