May 17, 2019
Midland Amenity Park CLG was founded in 2008 to develop the old ‘Cow Park’, a 27 acre plot of land on the outskirts of Moate. This field, was traditionally available to the local people for free grazing of livestock. Over the past decade, a plan to develop this “Cow Park” into an Amenity Park for the community has become a reality.

Midland Amenity Park CLG engaged with Westmeath Community Development (Leader) Programme, & secured grant aid to the tune of €600,000. Feasibility & ecological studies were then carried out & subsequently plans were drawn. Consultants were appointed & the tendering process followed. Contractors were appointed & works carried out. The Amenity Park opened to the public in September 2013 & consists of a series of nature trails, planted (all native Irish) parklands, Art in the Park gardens & a wetland reserve. Adult & children’s play equipment & a number of pieces of sculpture are also present. The Heritage Trail has 20 points of interest including a Pet Farm, a Rural Museum, the Scéal Music Exhibition & a number of replica historical buildings. 

Opportunities have been given to local volunteers & Schools across the Midlands to get involved & learn new skills through planting, landscaping etc, & most notably, the Art in the Park programme. St Hilda’s Services for people with intellectual disabilities, Rehab, Tullamore& St. Christopher’s Services, Longford , Residents from the Direct Provision Centre, Horseleap &  Moate Men’s Shed Group have participated in this and  further collaboration with these Services in the design, creation &  maintenance of our Sensory Gardens is ongoing. Since 2013 Committee, Volunteers and the whole community have worked tirelessly to clear an outstanding debt of €350,000.  

The Park, which is home to an existing community wildlife sanctuary (in the Turlough, wetlands), presented an opportunity to combine environmental, heritage, cultural, educational and traditional aspects of Irish life, all in one place. Since completion, the park  has become a facility for all ages and cultural backgrounds within the midlands region. It has also boosted tourism in the area, & has become a significant destination of national importance. 
Our park is a unique conservation, education & tourism facility located in the heart of the Midlands

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