Fingal Greens welcome €78,800 in funding to develop outdoor recreation projects in Balbriggan

3rd August, 2022

  • Balbriggan Historical Walking Trail to receive €28,800
  • Balbriggan Tidal Pool to receive €50,000 for a feasibility study

 

Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development, Joe O’Brien TD, and Green Party Councillor Karen Power have welcomed funding of €78,800 from Minister O’Brien’s Department to develop outdoor adventure projects in Balbriggan.

 

The investment, under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS), will be key to enhancing Balbriggan’s outdoor amenities with the Balbriggan Historical Walking Trail receiving €28,800 for the provision of new off-road waypoints and €50,000 for a feasibility study for a tidal swimming pool at Balbriggan.

 

The funding is part of almost €6 million to develop 200 outdoor adventure projects across the country.

 

It will also provide a major boost to local economies by attracting visitors and furthering our reputation as a destination for adventure tourism.

 

As part of the announcement, almost €4.3 million will be used to improve some 163 outdoor amenities across the country. Each project will receive up to €30,000 to support their enhancement.

 

Furthermore, funding will also be invested in 37 outdoor projects that are currently at the early stage of development. These projects are to receive funding of up to €50,000.  The projects in Balbriggan have received close to the maximum in funding under these measures.

 

Funding for larger scale projects under Measures 2 and 3 of the scheme will be announced by the Department in the coming weeks.

 

Welcoming the funding, Minister O’Brien said:

 

“This funding is very welcome at the height of the Summer when families are getting out and enjoying Ireland’s great outdoors.

 

“I am delighted that Fingal is to receive a total of €152,200 in funding including €28,800 for the Balbriggan Historical Walking Trail and €50,000 for a feasibility study for the Balbriggan Tidal Pool.

The sea-swimming community in Balbriggan have been seeking a proper tidal swimming pool for some time now, and I have had many engagements with Fingal County Council in relation to this.

Every county will benefit from today’s announcement so if you’re a walker, a swimmer, a cyclist or even a fisherman – check out the list to see what’s happening in your county.

“Overall this funding is supporting the further development of our greenways, blueways and hiking trails making them even more enjoyable places for families to visit.

“Getting active in the fresh air outdoors can be a tonic for the body and soul and this was brought home to us all during the pandemic.

“Some of these amenities are often hidden gems on our doorsteps so I’m encouraging people to get out and discover them over the rest of the Summer.”

Councillor Karen Power added:

Balbriggan has a very large community of sea-swimmers enjoying all kinds of sea activities.  They have been seeking a tidal swimming pool for a number of years now so this funding announcement is very welcome indeed.

 

The pandemic increased ten-fold the passion for open water activities and it will be great to improve facilities for the community in Balbriggan.

 

I am pleased also that the community in Balbriggan will benefit from improvements to the Historical Walking Trail.  It is great to see so many families enjoying the great outdoors.

 

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