Joan Martin says the new Ramparts-Blackwater River walk in Dundalk will ‘promote healthy living, help sustain the natural and built heritage in the area and develop smarter travel options’ within the town, after the council completed the €125,000 project.
The local authority say their ambition is to get people off the roads and onto the county’s walkways and greenways – with the completion of the new, improved town centre walk part of those plans.
After €100,000 in funding was secured from the Department of Rural and Community Development in February of last year, work had been ongoing on the new combined footpath and cycleway, pedestrian crossing and safety railings at Long Avenue, as well as landscaping, new seating and lighting.
The manhole covers along the route, which provide access for river culvert maintenance, have also been covered under the scheme. The funding was received as part of the Outdoor Recreation Scheme, with match funding from Louth County Council completing the cost of the project.
“This pathway has long been important to the residents of Dundalk, as it is used as a shortcut between the two main shopping streets in the centre of the town, and has a DKIT student residence adjacent – so it is brilliant to be able to realise its full potential with these upgrade works,” Chief Executive of Louth County Council, Joan Martin remarked.
“This project links in with a number of the Council’s aims: to promote healthy living, to value and sustain our natural and built heritage, and to develop smarter travel options. This river walk will provide a fantastic amenity for the people of Dundalk, connecting them with nature in an urban setting: the water course; the green river banks and the weeping willow trees.
“We encourage everyone to get out and enjoy it,” she added. Below you can view of series of images of the area, pre-upgrade work.