The most popular city park in Carlow is Carlow Town Park covers over twelve hectares of open space on the banks of the River Barrow.
The location of the park in this place contributed to the development and regeneration of this part of the city, and in particular allowed to discover the advantages of the Barrow River.
Carlow Town Park is the second largest park in Carlow town after Oak Park.
The most characteristic part of Carlow Town Park is the children’s playground whose projekt design was the subject of an international competition.
The Carlow Town Park project was developed by the Carlow City Council and the Carlow Country Council. This park design addresses the history of Carlow through abstract symbolism in the shape of the motte form in the parkland area. And the park was opened in July 2003. The area was chosen as a city park also to strengthen ties between Carlow and Laois counties. A new pedestrian bridge was also built – the Millennium Bridge, which is the main access point to the park from the centre of Carlow.
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.
The park provides a great place to relax but also gives you the opportunity to admire the rowing regattas organized by the Carlow Rowing Club, taken place in June each year.
Carlow Town Park also offering a range of activities including kayaking, stand-up paddling, bike hire, treasure hunts, orienteering and much more.
Carlow Town Park is maintained at a high level. It is very clean, so you can spend a pleasant time. You can walk around, feed the swans, then you can sit on a small hill and look at the river and Carlow town. It is open from 8am to 8pm, admission free. Sometimes in winter park can be closed due to bad weather and the risk of flooding.
The park won the All-Ireland Riverside Amenity Award in 2004 in the Tidy Towns competition and was named Ireland’s Best Public Park. In January 2007, in the inaugural competition of Local Government, park won the City and County Council award.
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