2007 concluded the 2001-2006 Urban and Village Renewal Programme funded by the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government.
The amount of money spent this year was approximately €1,000,000 which consisted of village enhancement works to the rural villages of Coolaney, Ballysadare and Ballinacarrow and one urban enhancement project titled “The greening of Sligo” in Sligo City Centre.
Works on the three rural village enhancement projects were carried out by Streamline Construction Ltd. and included a number of aesthetically pleasing landscaping schemes coupled with soft infrastructural improvements, lighting, walking/running routes and playground facilities.
Coolaney: Improvement works concentrated on the Millenium Park and River Walk area. This involved a complete transformation of the existing green field site into the public recreation space it has become and the provision of a new macadam surface to the existing stone gravel path. Works also included the provision of entrance features to the river walk and millennium park and an overhaul of the entrance to the new community/sports facility. The project also included the provision of much needed street furniture to replace the existing aged, weathered and broken ones.
Ballysadare: The improvement works for this village concentrated around the community facility in Abbey Drive and the upgrading of the grotto and river-side features at the bridge. The grotto was stripped of the cobble block paving and steps and was replaced by bright paving slabs and uplifter lights to create a focal point in the village centre. The timber decking area was also replaced to enhance the site of the new art-piece “The flame”. Works at the community facility included the installation of a playground facility and the provision of a walking/running track around the perimeter of the football pitch. Also included in the Ballysadare enhancement project was street furniture and floodlighting of the Church of Ireland.
Ballinacarrow: The focal point of this village is the community hall. The grounds of this facility was completely overhauled with the provision and installation of a new playground facility, cobble block paving around the community hall, kerbing and the provision of a new car-park surface and fencing, landscaping and painting the hall. The village was also enhanced by a floodlighting scheme to the local church and again the provision of new street furniture around the grounds of the community hall and playground.