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New Shannon Town Park Project

Overview of project

Clare County Council was allocated €455,000 in EU funding from the Southern Regional Assembly’s Operational Programme 2014-2020 in early 2016 to support sustainable urban development in the Limerick-Shannon Gateway. Clare County Council will fund the balance of the overall cost of the project. The sanctioning authority for the Shannon Town Park project is the ERDF Auditing & Certifying Authority within the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform.

The €910,000 project will see the enhancement and incorporation of the existing town park woodland and the adjacent Rineanna Park into a flagship Town Park for the people of Shannon.

The Shannon Town Park project was first developed with public consultation to detailed masterplan level during the preparation of the Shannon Green Infrastructure Plan 2013.  The project also is an objective of the Shannon Town & Environs Local Area Plan 2012-2018.

Nicholas de Jong & Associates, Urban Design were appointed consultants and will lead a full design team for the design and delivery of the proposed Shannon Town Park project

Public consultation

Input was sought from members of the public and stakeholder groups interested in the proposed Shannon Town Park project during a 5-week period of public consultation in late 2016.

The Local Authority engaged with various stakeholders, including schools, residents, locals and visitors to the Shannon area. A questionnaire was made available in the Shannon Municipal District Office, Shannon Library and at Shannon Leisure Centre, and ideas and comments could be submitted up to 2 December 2016.

Design consultant (Nicholas de Jong Associates) gave a briefing to the Shannon Municipal District members on 10 January 2017 on the status of the project following the first phase of public consultation in November/December 2016 and in advance of a second phase public consultation on the proposed design of the Shannon Town Park.

Clare County Council hosted an informal information session in Shannon on 12 January 2017 to present the latest design proposals for the new Shannon Town Park. The informal information session was to provide a further opportunity for people living and working in Shannon town and surrounding areas to comment on the emerging design proposals which were informed by the first phase of consultation through responses to questionnaires and feedback from public consultation undertaken in late 2016.

Representatives from Clare County Council, Design Consultants (Nicholas de Jong Associates), Ecologist (Dr. Janice Fuller) and Arboriculturalist (Michael Garry, Arbor-Care) were present at the public consultation to respond to questions and to listen to opinions and comments in relation to the project. (Link to display boards)

Statutory process

The statutory Part VIII application was lodged with Clare County Council on 10 February 2017 for a new Shannon Town Park which consisted of:

Proposed development

For the redevelopment of Shannon Town Park along with Rineanna Park to deliver a new flagship Shannon Town Park. The proposed works include the creation of a natural water feature, adventure play area and a bandstand/performance area, along with the formal laying of footpaths, cycle track, lighting and the creation of formal and informal seating areas. The development will also include works to the two no. junctions on Bóthar Linne along the southern perimeter of the site, and the creation of a pedestrian crossing on same.

On 10 April 2017 the Part VIII application for the "Proposed Redevelopment of Shannon Town Park along with Rineanna Park to deliver a new Flagship Shannon Town Park"  was agreed and  granted by Members of Clare County Council.

Detailed design phase & works contract tender

In April 2017 a briefing was given to Shannon Municipal District members by Design Consultant Nicholas de Jong Associates on project progress.  The Design Team also met with the Steering Group to review the Planning conditions and Pre-Tender documents.  From May to October 2017, the Design Team developed the detailed design of the Shannon Town Park project for the works contract tender stage.

The tendering process progressed during the period November 2017-April 2018,  however due to difficulties experienced by the preferred tender entering administration and therefore not being able to fulfil the project and due to the requirement to comply with EU procurement law and rules and the terms of the ERDF funding, the tender for the New Shannon Town Park works contract was republished on e-Tenders in June 2018 with a closing date of 27th August 2018.  Following a review of tenders received by the Design Team the successful tender, M. Fitzgibbon Contractors Ltd., were awarded the contract. 

Current Status of Works on new Shannon Town Park

M. Fitzgibbon Contractors Ltd. commenced works on-site on the development of the new Shannon Town Park in mid January with  completion scheduled for late July 2019.  The final works will include formal footpaths and a cycle track, an adventure play area and a bandstand/performance area, the first cycle pump track to be built in the Mid West Region, formal and informal seating areas, lighting and signage, the creation of a natural water feature and new native woodland planting. The development will also include a new Toucan pedestrian/cycle crossing on Bóthar Linne. 

Works to date have involved site clearance and fill, service ducting, pond formation, footpath formation, and planting of large trees, whips and shrubs.

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