LimerickNewsGreen Flag flying proudly over Limerick’s People’s ParkBy Alan Jacques – July 30, 2019 314 Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleConcerns raised over Punches Cross student developmentNext articleO’Connell Street revitalisation plans lack ambition Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSGreen FlaglimerickLimerick City and County CouncilPeople’s Park Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Green Flag flying proudly over Limerick’s People’s Park. It was raised by Mayor of Limerick City and County, Michael Sheahan and Michael Sheehan, Park Superintendent Limerick City and County.Picture: Keith WisemanA Green Flag now flies proudly over the People’s Park after the park was chosen as one of the latest recipients of the internationally recognised Green Flag Awards.The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces around the world.It aims to encourage the provision of good quality public parks and green spaces that are managed in environmentally sustainable ways and encourages high environmental performance and good management. Parks and green spaces are judged against eight key criteria.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The People’s Park in Limerick city and the Páirc Cois Féile in Abbeyfeale have received the Green Flag Award.This year participating countries included Australia, Belgium, England, Finland, Germany, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Wales.The 2019 awards were available to public town parks, country parks, gardens, cemeteries, and green spaces from across the whole country.They are judged every year by a peer jury of green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against the strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability, and community involvement.This international award is a recognition that the People’s Park meets the highest possible environmental standards.Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Sheahan said: “This award is a huge honour for all who work in the Parks Section of the Council. The People’s Park plays an integral part in making Limerick city an attractive place to live and people strongly identify with it. City parks improve our physical and psychological health, strengthen our communities, and make our cities and neighbourhoods more attractive places to live and work.”“We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in our city for people to enjoy. I would encourage everyone to get outdoors this summer and enjoy the parks and green spaces that we have on our doorstep in Limerick City and County.” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Facebook Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener
“We would love to do them all together. I don’t know if the funding is going to be there for something like that,” he said. “We understand that it is a big number but that is everything everyone wanted to see,” he said. “We put that all together, we projected it out a few years so we’re looking at inflation. We’re also looking at renovating a building while it’s still being used over a multi-year period so all of those things add cost.” Although the process has been slow, Marion is confident in the plans they’ve worked on. Marion says the appearance of the Arena would significantly improve both inside and outside. The proposal presents an expansion of both the front and back of the Arena for loading docks and storage space, while also improving front of the house operations. Marion says phase one would cost an estimated $58 million dollars and involve improvements to the Arena’s current space. Marion said he does not see a formal submission in the immediate future, but he’s eyeing 2022 which is when a number of the Arena’s contracts are up. Marion said phase two would cost roughly $125 million dollars. The renovations would also improve conditions for tenants, such as additional locker rooms. Phase two would also bring an addition hotel downtown, along with a new riverfront park system along the Susquehanna River. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A two-phase renovation plan has been outlined for the Veterans Memorial Arena. “When we started this it was pre-covid,” he said. “We would be much further along in this. Spending priorities have changed.” Phase two would bring in a second ice rink and a convention center linked to the Arena. Marion said both would expand the amount of activities able to take place downtown, such as e-sports, additional tournaments and another spot for the AHL team to practice. “What we’re looking at is fan experience enhancements,” said Marion. “”Everything from food and beverage to entrance to exits. To where the locations of the restrooms are.” While Marion understands the cost is significant, he said it is ultimately more cost efficient than starting from scratch. The result was a renovation proposal costing upwards of $180 million dollars. “About a year ago we started working with the firm Perkins and Will and community stakeholders, users of the building, tenants and our own staff knowledge on what we wanted to see accomplished in this building,” said Marion. “It’s a complicated system but one we feel is worthwhile if it results in a Veterans Memorial Arena that the community can use for the next 50 years,” said Marion. Marion says phase two is a more transformative project for the region. With no funding currently in place, Marion said it’s tough to set a timeline. “The phase two part is further down the road and much more expensive,” he said. Arena Manager Chris Marion says proposals have been in the works since September of 2019. “We feel if we can secure funding between now and then we can leverage that into longer and better contracts with our main tenants, which all result in more money coming into this building, said Marion.