Councillor John Hogan described the provision of a wild flower garden as a 'welcome addition' to Templemore Town park.
Speaking to The Tipperary Star this week, he said, “I have been looking for something to be done with this unsightly part of the beautiful Templemore Town Park for the past 17 years as a councillor for this area. We received the funding from the Town and Village Renewal Scheme for rural Ireland. This project will be completed before year end and will further enhance this amazing facility”.
“I had a motion at our District meeting calling on our council 'to prioritise the development of Templemore Town Park. The Park has huge potential to add to the economic, social and cultural development of Templemore'. The Council have prepared a rough draft Masterplan for the new lands purchased and this land may be made available for clubs or groups to purchase in order to develop facilities for Templemore. If anyone has ideas I can gladly arrange a meeting to facilitate discussions,” Cllr Hogan said.
The news created a lot of reaction on social media - much of it mixed. There is still a view in the town that the old outdoor pool should have been refurbished and brought back into use. However, this was not going to be possible with the OPW's Flood Relief Scheme having to go right through the pool in order to work effectively.
“I know some people have great memories of the outdoor pool from it's era. But the reality is that this area is derelict for many years and it is a permanent eyesore in the Park. A community group approached the Council with a plan for a wild flower garden. The council applied for and recieved funding. While I accept that some people don't appreciate the beauty of wild flowers and the biodiversity associated with it, I also know that the natural beauty is a huge attraction in the Park and this garden will further enhance that. Also, there is plenty or land in the new part of the Park if any local group wish to develop a swimming poo . They will have our support if they choose to pursue that project,” said Cllr Hogan who added that having access to public toilets in the park must also be a priority - there are three facilities with toilets already in the park but they are currently not available to the general public on a regular basis.