Kilkenny TD Welcomes € 1.3 Million Funding for Adventure Tourism Development
Funding of nearly one million euros to develop outdoor adventure projects in Kilkenny has been welcomed by Fine Gael TD John Paul Phelan.
The major investment, under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Program (ORIS), will see the development of natural amenities and support outdoor activities such as hiking, mountaineering, kayaking, swimming and cycling.
“The projects in Kilkenny we are investing in will benefit people of all ages and abilities for generations to come,” MP Phelan continued. “This unprecedented investment will also help continue our ambition to support our rural economies and make rural Ireland a premier destination for adventure tourism. Outdoor activities have become an even more important part of our lives over the past couple of years. With this fund, we are developing and improving the fantastic natural features of our rural communities so that more and more people can access and enjoy them, ”he said.
A total of € 934,490 has been awarded for the following projects in Kilkenny:
· Kilkenny Countryside Park – € 499,500 for improving recreational facilities along the North Kilkenny Cycle Loop (Trailhead, The Parade, Kilkenny City. The Weir River Nore Swimming Area, Bleach Road, Co. Kilkenny. Kilkenny Countryside Park – on the site of the former Dunmore Town Hall, Dunmore, Co. Kilkenny).
· Castlecomer Discovery Park – € 50,000 to hire consulting services with expertise in land use planning, heritage, economics and tourism.
· Castlecomer Discovery Park – € 195,945 for the rehabilitation of the Ardra Looped Walk & Arboretum Walk and the provision of leisure spaces accessible to the elderly and interpretation panels.
Woodstock Gardens and Estate, Inistioge – € 189,045 to modernize woodland and garden paths to improve accessibility for all, with accessible trails, parking suitable for the elderly and disabled and a wheelchair swing rolling.