Kerry County Council intends to apply to An Taisce for Green Flag status for Tralee Town Park. The submission to An Taisce is expected to be completed by the end of February.
What does Green Flag status mean?
The Green Flag Awards are given in recognition of good management of parks and green spaces. Environmentally sustainable management is encouraged and there are eight criteria including horticulture, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement .
In Ireland, An Taisce is responsible for making the awards which are also awarded in UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.
In Kerry, Derrynane Historic Park was awarded a Green Flag in 2017. Elswhere in Ireland, St Stephen’s Green, Grangegorman Military Cemetery, the Phoenix Park, the Irish National War Memorial Gardens, Castletown Demesne and Garnish Island were awarded Green Flag status in 2017.
In 2018, Childers Town Park & Woodlands in Listowel got the coveted award.
Tralee Town Park is one of the biggest town parks in Ireland at 35 acres. It has more than 5km for walking or cycling and an excellent playground for children. It also has the famous Rose Garden, Rose of Tralee Glass memorial, a fountain and the Garden of the Senses. The park hosts a variety of old trees and is surrounded by Kerry County Museum, Siamsa Tíre, St. John’s Church, The Green School and Tralee Harriers Athletics track.
The park is well maintained by Kerry County Council.