The Amenity Park at Dún na Sí is a newly created community park for all, encompassing ecology, arts, education and play.
The area now covered by the Amenity Park was once a ‘commons’ used for grazing and was known locally as the ‘Cow Park’.
Through the work of a local community group, the Midland Amenity Park Association, work began in 2008 to develop the area into a park and nature reserve.
Five years later the transformation was complete and today you can enjoy a walk through planted parklands and a wetland reserve which is home to native wildlife species. A specially constructed ‘hide’ allows you to observe the many species of wild birds on the small lake or ‘turlough’ without disturbing their habitat.
With the ‘Art in the Park‘ project imaginative creations emerge from the parkland. These are made from recycled and natural materials by students from local schools who work with artists to enhance the visitors experience of the park.
A fully equipped children’s playground is situated next to the Catoca Café which serves great coffee and offers an excellent lunch menu.
The Dún na Sí project has been part funded by Westmeath Community Development through the Rural Development Programme 2007 - 2013