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Lough Boora Discovery Park

Beginnings

In 1994, a project was initiated by Bord na Móna local management and a group of local workers and people active in the local community produced a plan to make use of the post-industrial landscape in Boora. Their vision was to create a vast, open and unencumbered landscape that would enhance the quality of life for the local communities through its new amenities in the area and its ability to attract visitors from Ireland and overseas.

Beginnings

In 1994, a project was initiated by Bord na Móna local management and a group of local workers and people active in the local community produced a plan to make use of the post-industrial landscape in Boora. Their vision was to create a vast, open and unencumbered landscape that would enhance the quality of life for the local communities through its new amenities in the area and its ability to attract visitors from Ireland and overseas.

Sculpture - Where art meets nature

Lough Boora Sculpture Park was initiated in 2002 and this 40-hectare park area is now home to 24 large outdoor sculpture pieces for visitors to experience and enjoy. The sculptures in the park were made with the concept of relating to the heritage of the area with the materials being sourced and made from the natural resources of the area, such as stone, relic bog timbers, peat and earth. They also relate to the industrial heritage of the peat industry in that they use defunct machinery as well as railway track and railway sleepers.

Biodiversity

Through the regenerating power of nature, and the innovative management expertise of Bord na Móna, Lough Boora Discovery Park has transformed from a peat harvesting site to a spectacular haven for wildlife flora and fauna. These include a wide variety of natural habitats ranging from naturally vegetated grasslands and native woodlands to wetlands of permanent water bodies and semi inundated wetlands.

Biodiversity

Through the regenerating power of nature, and the innovative management expertise of Bord na Móna, Lough Boora Discovery Park has transformed from a peat harvesting site to a spectacular haven for wildlife flora and fauna. These include a wide variety of natural habitats ranging from naturally vegetated grasslands and native woodlands to wetlands of permanent water bodies and semi inundated wetlands.

Visitors Centre

The opening of a new visitor centre in 2014 gave a fresh sense of arrival to the park – an entry point for exploration, wonder and discovery of this vast eco-amenity. At the heart of the design approach for the new visitor centre was innovation and empathy to the surrounding environment.

Inside the visitor centre sits the reception area, toilets, and a café with both indoor and outdoor seating. Outside there is a timber deck area with seating and shelter, overlooking one of the lakes, Loch an Dochas. The building, car park, picnic and recreation areas incorporate wheelchair accessibility at the centre of their design.