Waterford Fine Gael Senator John Cummins has warmly welcomed the announcement that two Waterford projects will share an allocation of €247,270 under Measure two of the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme. The positive announcement was made by Minister of Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the Islands Heather Humphreys TD.
Senator Cummins said “Measure 2 of the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme was established to fund medium-scale repairs and upgrades of trails and amenities. This announcement today is hugely welcome and adds to the €105,900 already allocated for six trails under measure one in January”.
The successful projects are;
Mahon Falls, Comeragh Mountains, Co. Waterford: €200,000 – Extension and enhancement of existing trailhead and car parking facilities, walking trail maintenance and improvement of road access/passing bags at Mahon Falls, Comeragh Mountains, Co. Waterford.
Owenashad River, Ballyrafter, Lismore, Co. Waterford: €47,270 – Biotechnical/ecological engineering revetment solution for high energy Owenashad River where significant erosion has occurred to the river walkway at Ballyrafter from recent storm events
He added “Covid-19 has given people a renewed appreciation of the benefit of the outdoors to their wellbeing. More than ever, people are placing huge value on the outdoor recreation infrastructure in their local areas. Research has shown that more people have been taking part in outdoor recreational activities since the COVID-19 restrictions became a part of our daily lives”.
“Over the last few years Waterford has been successfully approved for in excess of €720,000 for the development and maintenance of walking trails, cycleways and mountain access routes. Waterford City and County Council has the ability through the ORIS to invest in the development of new strategic trail developments and there are a number of projects I would like to see pursued with future applications.
Senator Cummins concluded by saying “I was delighted to engage with Minister Humphreys regarding these and other projects under her portfolio and I am delighted that works will be undertaken over the course of 2021. I have no doubt the two projects will add to the fantastic facilities we have throughout our beautiful county.