Major £1m development to transform Kesh and Ederney

Neville Armstrong (NFVP) Barry McQuaideÊ (contractor) Jayne Thompson (NFVP) Alistair Keys (Monaghan & Keys) pictured at the North Fermanagh Valley Park site

WORK has finally began on the new £1m North Fermanagh Valley Park, and it’s due to be complete by the end of the year!
Ederney Community Development Trust, and Kesh Development Association are developing the new park, which will involve the development of the old Duke of Westminster High School, adding amenties, namely tartan running track, gym and a multi-purpose studio.
The development will provide great opportunities to existing and new sports groups, as well as individuals, to have access to such state-of-the-art training facilities on their doorstep.
There will be other facilities that equally encourage families and individuals to get out and get active such as refurbished tennis courts, walk/bicycle trail and much more.
The funding for the project was granted by the Space and Place programme in December 2015 and the work on the site which recently began is due to be completed by September 2018.
Sean Donnelly from the North Fermanagh Valley project explained that the diggers are finally on the site,
“It is good to see that the work has started at long last. It’s been four years since we put in the application and it has been a long drawn out process but we are happy to see actual physical work on the ground.
“A lot of people have been aware for the past two years that we had got the grant, and then they were thinking is this work ever going to start. With the machinery on the ground now, we can really see the changes being made now to both the Kesh and Ederney sites. The park is due to be completed by September 21st 2018, as long as everything goes to plan, and weather permitting.”
The park aims to dramatically improve recreational facilities in the area, and transform the current sites offering a unique space for locals and tourists.
“It is one big site, with the idea being that both communities are coming together. The Duke of Westminster site and the site on the St Joseph’s GAA grounds in Ederney are being combined to make one site that we are calling North Fermanagh Valley Park. It is a big undertaking for two small communities. It is £1,000,000, and people will see a big change with that kind of money involved, but it will be beneficial for the area.”

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