I discovered recently Killeshin Waterworks Reservoir Amenity Park and it made me impress. Beautiful scenery and had an accessible path way. Very peaceful place to walk and clear your head. And it is located 5km (only 8 minut drive) from Carlow Town.
The Old Killeshin Waterworks reservoir was built in the late 19th century.
These lands comprising a total of 9.075 hectares witch are located within County Laois were acquired in 1894 for the purposes of the provision of a water Supply for Carlow Town. Subsequent to the acquisition of the lands and the construction of the resevoir in 1894 (completed 1986) additional Water Works Buildings such as a filter House, Filter Beds and Caretakers House were constructed in 1926.
The abandonment of the scheme by Carlow U.D.C. (now Carlow Town Council) came at the end of September 1987 following the introduction of the Carlow North Regional Supply scheme from Rathvilly. For a short while after, Laois county Council used water from Killeshin but has not done so for the past two decades.
The Reservoir area, treatment works houses and surrounding woodlands was no longer utilised as the pipelines had now reached the limit of their economic design life.
On the 21st January 2011 Laois County Council entered into a licence agreement with the lands owners, Carlow Town Council, to use the land as an amenity park.
Source: Information board in Killeshin Waterworks Reservoir Amenity Park.
While Killeshin Waterworks Reservoir no longer supplies the town, now it is a popular local amenity park with a walkway around the entire artificial lake.
Three bridges were built, fences were erected, tarmacadam was laid, a car park was developed, areas were landscaped and a pump house was renovated. What was once a reservoir area was transformed into an education eco tourist location.
The Killeshin Waterworks Amenity Park is a place of tranquillity and natural beauty with many walkers utilising the 650m track around the reservoir and exploring the surrounding woodland. Some extremely rare foliage and plants to be growing only in that area.
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