REDscape’s vision ( 2nd place) for Thurles Town Park which scored highest on quality but marginally lower on price: proposes a mixture of atmospheres, places and experiences in the park, attracting users of different backgrounds, ages and aspirations.
The ‘urban core’ facilitates many of the urban park functions (play areas, community meeting points and other facilities) including the existing Arts and Leisure Centres, and is complimented with the addition of the revamped Old Farmyard cluster.
The old farmyard walls are renovated to create a ‘hortus conclusus’, or walled garden to house new community based activities, such as school garden, a herb and flower garden, a seating area, and a new meeting facilities for local community groups. Recreational loops for walkers, skaters and joggers, enlarge the perception of the park itself, are developed through the park lands and along the River Suir connecting the park into the townlands of Thurles.
The central oval meadow, used daily for recreation and relaxation, also facilitates cultural gatherings and large events such as concerts, fair days and carnivals. Otherwise the new park design offers high quality green spaces to relax enjoy and linger.
The ‘fluvial park’ adds a new ecological component to Thurles town park, offering an appreciation of wildlife with educational trails along the river Suir with wetland habitats enhancing local ecology, and showcasing sustainable water management principles.