Newbridge residents come together to develop lake amenity

Paddy Flood, Con Kellegher, Joe Bourke, Jim Behan, Declan O Connell.
Residents of the housing estates Dara Park, Lakeside and Highfield have come together to focus their attention on the lake.

Residents of the housing estates Dara Park, Lakeside and Highfield have come together to focus their attention on the lake.

Following discussions between the various Residents Assocations in the area, facilitated by Newbridge Family Resource Centre, it was decided that the lake is an amenity in need of renovation, and it has great potential.

So, back in February, a combined residents asscoiations development plan was devised by the various associations.

Initially the three groups had came together to complete a funding application for allotments in the area.

They were unsuccessful in that application, but saw that there was a potentially a model for co-operation between the associations which could yield long term results.

“So we decided, lets look at the lake,” Catherine Mooney of Newbridge Family Resource Centre noted,

And thus the combined residents lake development plan was hatched.

The group met weekly to come up with the plan

The group applied for funding through each of the residents associations, and to Kildare County Council.

They got some funding for an assortment of plants, and trees, and hatched a three year plan for improvement works.

“We’re inviting everyone in the surrounding estates to take a role in this,” Catherine explained.

Leaflets have been dropped in all houses and starting last Tuesday, July 9, work started.

Initially the emphasis will be on cleaning around the lake and planted shurbs and trees.

“It would be lovely to have a fully blooming lake,” Catherine says.

“It’s great for the community spririt, to work togheter and to enjoy the summer months,” she added.

- Conor McHugh