Limerick URBACT Health & Greenspace

Background to URBACT Health and Greenspace

URBACT is a European exchange and learning programme that promotes integrated sustainable urban development. It enables cities to work together to develop solutions to major urban challenges. Limerick City and County Council is a partner in an EU funded project called URBACT Health and Greenspace. The project covers Limerick City and will focus on residential greenspace and parks in the city.

The object of the URBACT Health and Green Space Project is to support and enhance the provision of quality green infrastructure in urban areas for their health benefits. Well planned and designed green infrastructure can contribute to healthy urban living and climate change adaptation. Numerous studies have reported that green spaces have positive impacts on health and well-being.

This project will adopt a participatory approach to identifying challenges and solutions in relation to greenspace provision and design in Limerick: a stakeholder group called an URBACT local group (ULG) will be formed with representatives from the social, economic, and environmental sectors (e.g. city staff, NGOs, SMEs, universities, citizens, etc). The ULG will aim to identify solutions to the needs and challenges of Limerick in relation to the role of green infrastructure in healthy urban living. The group will exchange learnings and best practice with the partner cities.

Limerick PPN has two (2) seats on the Limerick URBACT local group for representatives from the Limerick Metropolitan municipal district. Membership of the Linkage Group is open to all members of Limerick PPN . We hope to fill the remaining seat in early 2021 with a representative from the Social Inclusion Pillar with an interest in disability issues from the Limerick Metropolitan municipal district.

To join this or any other Linkage Group email your preference to  ppn@limerick.ie

Further information on the URBACT Health and Green Space Project available in this EU booklet

The project commenced in May 2020 and will run until August 2022.

Members of the URBACT Health & Greenspace Linkage Group

 

    1. Environmental Trust Ireland
    2. Extinction Rebellion Limerick
    3. Garryowen CDP
    4. Garryowen Residents Association
    5. Monaleen Park Residents’ Association
    6. Ormston House

Natural Play Spaces and Inclusive Play

Link to the webinar recently organised by Limerick City and County Council as part of the URBACT Health and Greenspaces initiative  presented by David Coleman clinical psychologist, radio & TV broadcaster, columnist and author and landscape architect/parks superintendent in South Dublin County Council, Laurence Colleran.