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Proposed Tramore Town Park
Waterford County Council and Tramore Town Council propose developing a new people’s park for the town of Tramore, on lands between Lower Branch Road and The Promenade. The Councils views the park as more than a public space or series of public spaces, we see the park as a generator, an opportunity to bring people together and create something greater than the sum of its parts. Bearing this in mind we have broken the project into linked constituent parts or spaces and will seek to match each part or space loosely with a particular local group. It is this linking of spaces, groups and people that is the projects strength. Encouraging local people to get involved at an early stage, encourages ownership, a people's park owned and operated by the people. The proposal seeks to utilise, support and enhance the positive elements of the site and the community, a holistic strategy which could eventually form the nucleus of new town plan.
The park is set on lands surrounding the existing boating lake and the design concept draws heavily on these surroundings. As water, the bay and the strand feature greatly in Tramore’s identity, these elements inform and feature in the Town Park design. We see the park as an integral part of this amenity area, a precursor to the promenade, the strand and the magnificent bay. Bearing this in mind, Phase One draws the visitor into the park from Lower Branch Road the traditional entrance to the town, this area forms a viewing platform offering glimpses of the park, the lake and beyond. The park entrance is marked by the “Iris” a bronze by artist Rory Breslin, commissioned by Waterford County Council.
Throughout the park existing topography and planting will where possible, be utilised and strengthened with appropriate native species.
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