The Little Urban Park that Could….

“…be so good.”

That is the finishing phrase of this posting’s title. Right about now you’re wondering all the right questions:

  • Where’s the urban park?
  • What could it be good at?
  • Does it need help to be good?
  • Who can provide the help?

See.. you catch on quick! That is why this site is sooooooo good!

The park runs as a swathe of green relief along the various housing estates between Glengalliagh Road and Lenamore Road in Derry. (For those who want to find the walk I have marked it in RED on the map here.)

It’s a simple wee lighted undulating path that links those roads and the estates but it is lovely because you can see the Donegal hills in the distance and… and… it’s just far enough away from things that the traffic on the Buncrana Road is reduced to just a mild murmur instead of an annoying roar.

And the local folk are a friendly bunch. Always with a ready wave and a friendly, “Yes, Mucker.” Altogether, a walk there is a pleasant way to pass a half hour on any day in our modern urban sprawl.

“So what is the problem?” I hear you ask.

Simply this… despite being bereft of amenities – a few park seats might be nice for the elderly to rest their weary bones on, the odd tree or shrubbery plantation might break up the landscape – the park does have several unheralded civic additions.

A series of local inland open air swimming pools , no less! Daaaaaa dummmmmm (drum roll here).

This is the park pathway when the weather is fine, no rain for 4 days that is:-

And this is the pathway when it has recently rained:-

I wonder if the local councillors have any ideas about how people should negotiate this path? Without wellies or a swim suit I don’t think there is much hope, do you?

It seems to me that having spent a bit of money creating the walkway it might be a really good idea to check that it is usable by the voters in the locality. That way we’ll all feel that the money wasn’t wasted, right? That way mums and dads might walk their kids along this path and enjoy a half hour away from the traffic fumes, right?

It is a fine idea having this urban park, it is just what is needed to encourage the odd quick walk to raise the heart beat. (BTW – wellies on, it takes 3o minutes from one end to the other and back…which just happens to be what is suggested will help your heart be healthy if it’s done a couple of times a week.)

So.. this is “The Little Urban Park that Could … Be So Good” and all it needs is just a little TLC. This is a call to Derry City Council and all the local elected representatives: “Can somebody check this out, please?”

And while you’re checking… look at the urban park beside the Foyle Bridge where you’ll find Urban Openair Swimming Pool Pathway Scheme No 2…..

Thanks….. 🙂

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4 Responses to The Little Urban Park that Could….

  1. […] The Little Urban Park that Could…. be so good. Where s the urban park? What could it be good at? Does it need help to be good? Who can provide the help? See.. you catch on quick! That is why this site is sooooooo good! The park runs as a swathe of green relief along the various housing estates between Glengalliagh Road and Lenamore Road in Derry. (For those who want to find the walk I have marked it in RED on the map here.) It s a simple lighted undulating path … […]

  2. titus2woman says:

    I am just finding your blog and really enjoyed my visit! (((((HUGS))))) sandi

  3. talkni says:

    Welcome, Sandi, and thanks for that. I’m glad you enjoyed your visit and feel free come back soon. We’re always open here at Talk Northern Ireland – through rain and shine and hail and sleet and snow (usually all in the one day!), nothing deters the intrepid writers of Talkni.org!

    🙂

  4. talkni says:

    A vote of thanks to Mark Durkan MP for his response to my queries on “The Little Urban Park that Could”. Mark has highlighted the problem with the various land owners – Derry City Council, the Housing Executive and the Department of the Environment.

    These organisations are now looking at the problem. Hopefully we’ll get some movement here – especially of the water on the path!

    Sadly, all the other public representatives – Councillors, MLAs, MPs – of all parties that I contacted about the state of the park haven’t yet got back to me. Perhaps they don’t read their email! Oh… if you want to nudge your MLA or Councillor on this issue then visit Write To Them.com, put in your post code, choose your local representatives and send them a message about the park. Mark Durkan is already listening so you could leave him off that wee push list!

    More on this progress as things unfold. And thanks again for the effort, Mark. 🙂

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