3. Open Space & Outdoor Recreation
Appendix 3 - Open Space & Outdoor Recreation
The Covid pandemic highlighted the critical importance of open space and outdoor recreation to the collective wellbeing of society. To have accessible and usable outdoor amenity space close to our homes and in our communities is recognised and appreciated as a fundamental component to healthy placemaking and a healthy lifestyle.
County Kildare has a wealth of open spaces and natural amenities; from the vast plains of the Curragh and the Bog of Allen, to the Royal and Grand canals, the Barrow and Liffey valleys, demesne parklands, forests, sporting grounds, parks, playgrounds, blueways and greenways. These amenities facilitate recreation and play, as well as supporting local tourism and the economy.
As the population of County Kildare continues to grow, the demand for open space and recreational amenity will become more acute. The provision of open space into the future, particularly in our towns and villages, must be carefully considered to ensure there is an adequate variety and types of open space to meet the requirements of our citizens and to ensure that high quality public open space is delivered at the right time and in the right location.