Limerick Parks Department plays key role in keeping City looking its best

Limerick Parks Department plays key role in keeping City looking its best

Press Release
Monday, July 23rd 2012

The Parks Department of Limerick City Council has played a key role in keeping Limerick city looking flower-tastic this Summer.
And while the damp weather may be disappointing, it has led to the city’s vibrant floral displays looking even more magnificent.

Thousands of bedding plants have been planted in the city’s public parks, street containers, hanging baskets and on roundabouts with beautiful displays of flowers adding a splash of colour to Limerick city centre.

The tiered floral displays have been widely praised by members of the public and commented on by many tourists over the summer months. Most people will be aware of the planters on O’Connell Street, the seasonal spring and summer bedding in the flower beds around the city and the ‘Bridges in Bloom’ flower baskets which adorn the city bridges. There are ten city centre parks in Limerick.

Parks Department Superintendent, Michael Sheehan said many new varieties of flowers have been planted this year and staff, who maintain the public parks and open spaces in the city, are delighted with the results.
“The floral displays are strategically placed around the city and are looking particularly attractive at this time of year,” he said. “While people may be complaining about the rain, it hasn’t done us any harm as is means we don’t need to water the displays as much compared to other years! We’ve also added some new displays in conjunction with the business community, for example, the flowers around the entrance to Brown Thomas are looking particularly colourful. The production of these displays is one of many projects undertaken by the Parks Department, our aim is to offer a wide range of quality attractions that are accessible and attractive. Our parks in Limerick city are very popular, providing a focal point for communities, a place for relaxation and recreation and the opportunity for a bit of nature in the heart of the city.”

The People’s Park received the prestigious green flag award in 2008, which recognises high standards in public parks and green spaces. It is the only park in Ireland to receive this award. It also won the Best Local Park Special Category Award in 2003.

Annual environmental improvement grants are offered to support residents to undertake improvement works in their own estates such as flower planting and grass cutting.  The Parks staff offered support and advice for community groups in the production of flower containers in conjunction with the Community Co-ordinators team and these displays enhance the communities involved.

The Limerick City Council Parks Department also undertakes an extensive grass cutting programme over 330 acres of greens in estates and on the roadside as well as tree planting and pruning.

Limerick City Council said the Parks Department is now concentrating on winter bedding so the city will look its best during the later months of the year. Most of the plants are grown from seed at the Limerick City Council nursery. The Parks staff has also worked closely with the Limerick biodiversity group whose volunteers have planted wildflower seeds to ensure colourful displays along the Canal Bank this year.

Paul Foley, Senior Executive Officer, Limerick City Council said "The extra focus on the city centre by the Parks Department has been the subject of much favourable comment.  We are delighted at the response of local businesses and residents who have coordinated their flower displays with the Parks Department.  I hope people will visit the beautiful rose beds in the People's Park and everyone should remember that the parks are open throughout the year providing a free amenity for residents and visitors.  There has been a significant increase in the number of groups such as the Boherbuoy band who want to play and run activities in the Parks and any proposals are welcomed and considered."
 

The Limerick Communications Office which runs the Street Ambassador Programme said both tourists and locals alike have commented on how well the flowers in the city centre look.

“Our Street Ambassadors have been inundated with people complimenting the city’s floral displays,” said spokesperson Laura Ryan.

“We believe the floral features and parks are a real boost to all who live, work and visit Limerick city centre giving everyone a real sense of civic pride.”


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Issued by Limerick Communications Office, 88 O’Connell Street, Limerick. 061-400010/086-6042544
Images of the city centre floral displays have been sent to your picturedesk *with compliments* by Press 22 061-204222

Last update:09/08/2012

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