Ballincollig Regional Park to be expanded

According to Alan Healy in The Echo Ballincollig Regional Park is to be expanded, with new footpaths, bridges, and a boardwalk. The new route will run through the Gunpowder Mills complex at the eastern edge, running along the southern bank of the River Lee adjacent to Willow Court and then joining a planned, privately-developed amenity park at Fionn Laoi estate. Two pedestrian bridges are proposed to go over a dry canal, close to the eastern entrance to the existing park at Ballincollig GAA Club. A new boardwalk structure will also be built to go around a riverside protected wall structure to connect the Gunpowder Mills complex to Willow Court. The Regional Park in Ballincollig is hugely popular and consists numerous sports playing pitches, a playground, river walkways, cycle paths, canals, a skate park and allotment gardens all located within the historic former gunpowder mill complex. The route is currently not readily accessible to the general public and this new extension will further expand long term plans to create a pedestrian and cycle Greenway between Ballincollig and the city centre linking the Regional Park to the Lee Fields.