Projects in Athlone and its environs have been allocated funding under Measure 1 of the 2018 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.
The scheme is part of the Government’s action plan for rural development and provides funding for the development and maintenance of outdoor amenities such as greenways, blueways and other trails.
Funding of €20,000 has been afforded to the development and enhancement of the walkways and cycleways in Burgess Park, while a similar figure has been assigned to the maintenance and upgrade of pathways in Portlick Forest Park.
Making the announcement, Minister Ring said, “recreational tourism is a growing sector in 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 the last few years.
“Projects approved under this Measure include the upgrading of surfaces on walking trails, improvements to route signage, the development of promotional materials and the provision of bicycle stands, to name just a few.
“Improved recreational facilities significantly enhance the quality of life for people who live close to the projects and also support sustainable economic development in rural areas. We have seen this time and again with the projects supported by this scheme since its introduction in 2016.
“The type of projects funded through this scheme will include greenways, cycleways and loop walks. These are wonderful amenities which enable local communities to get out and experience the natural environment and which also attract visitors, thus benefitting the local economy.?”