Management Plan for Waterford Nature Park A Draft Management Plan for Waterford Nature Park was presented to the March meeting of Waterford City Council last Monday (12th March). This Nature Park encompasses the 50 acres of the former landfill site in Kilbarry, the John’s River walkway alongside the proposed Natural Heritage Area along the Tramore Road and an adjacent 9 acre site that was recently purchased to create wetlands. This plan gives details of both current and future projects, as well as the ecology of the City. One of the projects included is the remediation of Kilbarry landfill. The landfill closed in August 2005 and under conditions of its licence a remediation and aftercare plan was instigated. The infrastructure to environmentally control the landfill has been installed and landscaping works have been ongoing for the past year to create a mature park. When it opens late next month, the park will serve as a local and regional public amenity for recreational and educational use. Potential uses include walking routes, playgrounds, exercise space, athletics, nature trails, integrated wetlands, wildflower meadows and wildlife areas. It also gives details about the recent pond creation at Kilbarry Bog and the impending creation of a 9 acre wetland habitat at Kilbarry. “This plan encompasses the environmental projects that have been carried out in the city in recent years and those that will take place shortly”, said Mayor of Waterford City Councillor Pat Hayes. “It’s very encouraging to see all these projects coming together. The combination of the projects within this plan highlights the amount of work that has been achieved in the city in relation to nature. It is a hugely positive time for biodiversity in the city. The recently created wetlands have already attracted snipe. Waterford Nature Park has an ecological focus and provides an aesthetically pleasing and stimulating park environment for the city. It is designed to function as a local and regional amenity for public recreational use. There are walking routes, play areas, exercise space, nature trails, integrated wetlands, wildflower meadows and wildlife areas. I am looking forward to the opening of this park, when both locals and visitors can make the most of it and discover more about the nature all around them in the city.” Feedback on the Waterford Nature Park Management Plan, 2012 - 2019 is welcomed; it will be on display and may be read at Environmental Services’ 1st floor reception in Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford from Tuesday 13th March to Tuesday 10th April 2012 (Mon-Fri 9.30am-1pm and 2pm – 4pm). It can also be viewed on Waterford City Council’s website www.waterfordcity.ie. Any comments or feedback relating to this plan can be made in writing to Waterford City Council before 10th April and will be taken into consideration before the Plan is adopted and can be made to email@example.com or Environmental Services, Waterford City Council, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford.
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