Some €467,305 has been secured for outdoor recreation projects in County Wicklow, Fine Gael TD and Minister of State Andrew Doyle, has said.
This funding, provided under Measure 2 of the 2018 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, is part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and provides funding for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure. This funding also supports the maintenance, enhancement and promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure in Ireland.
Minister Doyle said ” I very much welcome the funding for outdoor recreation projects here in Wicklow with €157,705 being allocated to the Vartry Reservoir Walk and Cark Park: €160,000 being allocated to upgrade St Kevin’s way from Hollywood village to Glendalough and €149,600 being allocated for the reroute and repair of The Spinc.
“Recreational tourism is a growing part of Ireland’s tourism offering, and we have seen an increase in the number of Irish and overseas visitors enjoying the many greenways, blueways and walking trails which have been developed around the country in recent years. This is generating income for rural areas and helping to create more jobs in the hospitality and leisure sectors here in Wicklow.
“Indeed our local communities here in Wicklow are also using these facilities in large numbers and I have no doubt that these improvements to The Spinc, St Kevin’s way and Vartry Reservoir will continue to attract many visitors to our county. As a newly developed walkway and amenity area, the Vartry Reservoir, opened in June 2018, is a great example of a local community working with its local development companies and local authority to enhance its existing tourism offering and benefit the local area by bringing forward a project under this scheme.
“The continued development of our recreational infrastructure will not only support our developing rural tourism industry, but will also provide better recreation options for local people and families for their own enjoyment of the countryside.
“Over €40 million has been allocated to almost 600 projects under this scheme since 2016 to improve existing, and develop new, walking trails, greenways and other recreational amenities for communities and visitors all over Ireland, “Minister Doyle added.