Four projects in County Wicklow will benefit under an allocation of €850,000 under the 2021 outdoor recreation infrastructure scheme (ORIS) announced this week by Minister Heather Humphreys.
The largest funding allocation of €450,000 will see significant improvements in the great Sugarloaf walking route.
An allocation of €198,000 will allow for the re-routing of the Greystones to Bray Cliff walk, following a major land slippage earlier this year.
Funding of €162,000 will help to improve accessibility at the newly constructed Samuel Hayes Bridge in Rathdrum which will be welcomed by the thousands of walkers who use the Laragh to Clara Vale walking route.
Under the new Project Development Measure, the Council has received an allocation of €45,000 to carry out a study on the stream crossings required to complete the Three trout walking route in Greystones.
Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, Mr Frank Curran, said this unprecedented investment will help further the Council’s ambition to support our rural economies and make Rural Wicklow a destination of choice for adventure tourism. He thanked Minister Humphreys and the Department of Rural and community development officials for their continued support for Wicklow.
Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Shay Cullen, added that through the ORIS fund, the Council is developing and enhancing the fantastic natural amenities in all our rural communities so more and more people can access and enjoy them. He thanked the staff of the Community, Cultural and Social Development Directorate and the Rural Recreation Officer for submitting such meritorious applications.
Minister Heather Humphreys said that the projects will benefit people of all ages and abilities for generations to come as outdoor pursuits have become an even bigger part of all our lives over the past two years.