Limerick's People's Park Re-Opens to the Public

Thursday, 27th February 2014

Limerick's historic People's Park has re-opened to the public today (Thursday) following damage caused after Storm Darwin hit the city earlier this month.

The Park had been closed since February 13th when strong winds caused 19 trees to fall and work was needed to repair damaged pavements, railings and unblock pathways.

“Quite a lot of work was needed over the last two weeks necessitating the closure” explained Tara Flanagan, Senior Executive Engineer, Limerick City Council. “We lost quite a few trees but we're particularly sad that we lost one of the rarest trees in the park, a beautiful ornamental tree called a 'Tetradium Danielli” which was about 80 or 90 years old. It's commonly called a Bee Bee tree as its covered in late July and August with masses of small white flowers which attracts large numbers of bees as a source of late summer honey. It's especially valued when few other tree-size plants are flowering and the flowers produce clusters of seed that are present from late August through November.”

A re-planting programme will be underway over the coming year to fully restore the Park to its former glory.

Although relatively small in size at just 10 acres, the Peoples’ Park is one of Ireland’s premier parks.
Limerick City Council's Park Staff were instrumental in the Park achieving national awards in 2003 and 2004 along with securing Ireland’s first Green Flag award in 2008.

It has remained largely unchanged since it was officially opened in 1877 and given to the People of Limerick in honour of Richard Russell, a prominent local businessman.
The layout and many of the original features such as the railings and pavilions remain and the 1895 bandstand is currently undergoing renovation.
Limerick Civic Trust in association with Limerick City Council provided new benches throughout the park over the last few years that were purposely designed with the elderly and disabled in mind.
The two Victorian Pavilions in the Park were also restored along with the new entrance gateway know as the Pery Gate, facing Colbert Train Station and the Richard Russell Fountain was also extensively restored in recent times.

Last update:28/02/2014