Ideas to make Denis Burke Park more user-friendly

Suircan thank all those who helped to make the group’s recent Spring Clean event at Denis Burke Park, Clonmel such a success. Suircan, a community forum, also thanks those who contributed to the Visioning Exercise in The Common Thread Café in Parnell Street and those who contributed valuable ideas and suggestions for the future of Denis Burke Park and the riverside walks.

Suircan thank all those who helped to make the group’s recent Spring Clean event at Denis Burke Park, Clonmel such a success. Suircan, a community forum, also thanks those who contributed to the Visioning Exercise in The Common Thread Café in Parnell Street and those who contributed valuable ideas and suggestions for the future of Denis Burke Park and the riverside walks.

Volunteers met at the bottle bank on the Old Bridge and started by cleaning litter from Green Lane and the walkway as far as the recently constructed berm. They then moved on to Denis Burke Park and collected litter, bottles and debris from the park and the riverbank. Suircan were joined by volunteers including members of the local Scouts and members of the Tidy Towns Committee.

Having gathered litter from Denis Burke Park they moved to the park area on the other side of the Gas House Bridge. This portion of the park is used even less frequently than the main park but still contained litter, bottles and cans, which were sorted in separate bags ready for recycling. Volunteers then retired to The Common Thread Café for refreshments and to discuss ideas for the future of Denis Burke Park and the riverside.

They were delighted to be joined by others who turned up simply to share their ideas and thoughts on what could be done to make Denis Burke Park more user-friendly - ideas ranged from playgrounds and looped walks to skateboard and soft play areas, as well as bandstands and a communal garden. A lively discussion on anti-social aspects was balanced by arguments for infusing the area with community spirit.

Suircan hope to create a vision for the stretch of the River Suir as it flows through Clonmel, initially concentrating on the area from the Gas House Bridge to the Old Bridge. The plan is to present this proposal to Clonmel Borough Council before the autumn, while exploring the further potential of Denis Burke Park to provide a far greater amenity for the people of Clonmel.

Suircan welcomes all further ideas and comments on how to maximise the amenity value of Denis Burke Park and the riverside walks through Clonmel.

For more information contact Theresia at 086-8225054 or by e-mail: theresia9@gmail.com.