MLA Justin McNulty and Newry Councillor Gary Stokes are the latest local public figures to back plans for a city park at the Albert Basin in Newry.

Calling for the development of the Albert Basin as a city park Mr McNulty said: "The growing demand for a city park for Newry can't be ignored. A park for Newry was in the SDLP local manifesto and it is something we been pushing for years and indeed my predecessor Dominic Bradley raised the issue on the floor of the Assembly on several occasions.’

‘As a representative for Newry and an early supporter of the campaign, I'm joining thousands of others in calling for a park on the Albert Basin and will meet the council’s Chief Executive in the coming weeks on the issue.’

The Albert Basin where the proposed park would be situated.
The Albert Basin where the proposed park would be situated.

"The benefits of green space are well documented in term of reduced cardiovascular disease, increased life expectancy and improved mental health. We all have an obligation to ensure that local communities are provide with the facilities they need to live healthy, happy lives.

"Developing the Albert Basin as a city park has the potential to transform Newry - not just in terms of quality of life for residents, but also by strengthening and growing the economy. It can be Newry’s answer to New York’s Central Park. It's been shown that high quality green spaces attract visitors and inward investment, which will ultimately benefit everyone.

"Alongside the cross-border greenway project with Louth there is an exciting opportunity not just to make Newry a better place to live, but also to make it a tourist destination in its own right. This project could have an enormous impact on the future prosperity of our community.

"I have listened closely to what people are saying, and the message is clear: every other city in Ireland has a public park... it's time Newry got one too."

Newry SDLP councillor, Gary Stokes, who has campaigned for many years for the park added "The city centre park will have multiple benefits for Newry. Not only in terms of health and wellbeing but also economic benefits. People want to live and work in a pleasant environment, and this park will be a magnet for business and tourism."




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