The park opened to the public in November 2016 following a £7m restoration project at the former landfill site, off Coney Road.  It boasts over 3kms of pathways with stunning views out over Lough Foyle as far as Moville and Binevenagh on a clear day.  The entire site is 40 hectares, which includes 13 hectares of tidal lagoons and 27 hectares of parkland, the equivalent of almost 40 full size football pitches. The restoration has created habitats for internationally important over-wintering birds and an important location for biodiversity with wading birds feeding on the mudflats.

Incorporated into the restoration works is substantial mounding and shaping of the entire site, habitat creation and enhancement, paths network, planted wild flower meadows, landscaping, security fencing, access roadway and car parking. In addition an identified sports area has been profiled and includes a drainage system on which a training and full sized football pitch can be constructed.

 

The overall site comprises tidal land reclaimed for agriculture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. But the sea defences were breached and the land had reverted to mudflats. In 1971, the site was developed by the former Londonderry Development Commission as a controlled municipal landfill. Gradually the 40ha site was reclaimed again.

 

An initial Masterplanning and Public Consultation report was compiled following a number of information and consultation sessions carried out at Hollybush Primary School with invited residents from the Culmore area (Nov.2009) and with wider group of stakeholder in the Guildhall including government departments, elected members etc. (Jan.2010).

 

Following the outcome of the consultation Council made a planning application, which was subsequently granted to develop the restored former Landfill site into a District Park.  While the future uses of the site are restricted by the nature of the technical restoration works, this site presents a unique opportunity to develop a diverse amenity for the people of Culmore - the site has huge potential to benefit the local and wider community in terms of providing recreational space for environmental, community and tourism facilities.

 

The new 3m wide pathways are designed for walking, running & cycling - extremely safe for children & families.  There’s also dedicated carparking to accommodate in excess of 50 vehicles.  One of the innovative features on site is a gas conversion facility, collecting landfill gas which is then burned off to power the building on site and spare capacity helps power the adjacent NI Water treatment plant.

 

Council, with the support of GSAP and the Culmore Community Partnership intend to host further public engagement in the first half of 2017 - to essentially receive feedback on the developments to date and to plan for further development which may include a playpark, playing pitches / changing pavilion, interpretive centre, slipway and community buildings – all of which require further consultation to decide shape, form, use management etc…

 

The Culmore Country Park is open to the public Monday to Sunday from 8am to dusk.

USEFUL LINKS

Culmore_Landfill_Masterplan_Report_2010.pdf

Culmore_Country_Park_Landscape_Plan.pdf