Back in 2009 a project was initiated by the Pride in Drumshanbo Group (PID, Tidy towns), to remove an unsightly, unfinished apartment block situated here in the centre of Drumshanbo.
The group’s vision was to turn the derelict area into a Riverside Amenity Area and allow access to the hidden river that flows through the centre of Drumshanbo.
Drumshanbo Town Enhancements Ltd (DTEL) was subsequently set up to oversee and manage this community led project with match funding and support being provided by Leitrim Development Company.
The Joe Mooney Summer School Committee generously gave a donation that helped with matched finance. Soon after, Murray & Associates Landscape Architects produced a feasibility study and after public consultation drew up a park development plan. With further funding and support from Leitrim County Council, the unsightly apartment block was demolished in May 2013.
Phase 1 of the park plan was initiated and finished just before the end of 2015, however issues with lighting meant the area remained unopened until recently.
As this was a 2 phase project, phase 1 works included major groundworks, footpaths, retaining walls and fencing, some staircases and ramps and a pedestrian bridge to the main car park. It also included lighting, an area with amphitheatre style seating, landscaping and section one of a riverside walk.
Whilst everyone is delighted with what’s been achieved to date it’s important to be aware that the project is only at its half way mark and there’s still lots more to do. The second phase is planned to start towards end of 2017 subject to funding.
Steve Stead would like to say a big thank you to the original PID group without whom the project would not have been created, especially Karen McManus and Eamon McGrenahan; LDC for their help with special mention to James Duffy for his guidance and support; the Joe Mooney Summer School Committee for their kind contribution, with special thanks to Josephine Rogers and Nancy Woods; Leitrim County Council for their financial assistance and for resolving the lighting issues. DTEL members especially Fergal McPartland along with those individuals who helped for their hard work and perseverance in making this project a reality. Thank you to Beau Park Law and Padraig for his help, Hubie Reynolds for his work at the Bridge St Pedestrian Zone entrance and all local businesses for their ongoing support. Thank you also to the wider community and other groups for their support to date and look forward to their continued support going forward.