31 July-Carlow Town Park

The Town Park in Carlow, Ireland is in a central location in the town along the banks of the River Barrow. Located in Graiguecullen on the Laois side of the river it is connected to the Carlow side by an impressive pedestrian bridge. The bridge, which was officially opened on April 15th 2002, was a major part of the millennium projects of Carlow town. As the barrow is navigable the 2m wide steel suspension bridge is placed 4.6m above the river Barrow. The town park which covers 5 hectares has open spaces, a number of paved walks and a playground for children. Up until 1970 the area was used as a landfill. The town park now provides a link between the Carlow and Laois sides of the town.

The Graiguecullen area of the park contains walkways the playground for children and informal parkland in the northern section. It also has a large earthen configuration. This is in the form of a motte, linking the park to the nearby Carlow castle and reflecting the Norman heritage of Carlow town. On the opposite side of the river, the paved walks form part of the Barrow Way. The Barrow Way is a 100km National Waymarked walking trail through counties Kildare, Laois and Carlow which follows the original towpath of the Barrow canal.

Carlow Town Park which was commissioned by Carlow Urban District Council and Carlow County Council was officially opened in the year 2003 On This Day.

Millennium Bridge, Carlow by Nico Kaiser on 2012-10-21 11:58:41

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