Galway National Park City

Páirc Náisiúnta Chathair na Gaillimhe

Nurturing Nature into the fabric of our city

Our Mission

 

To have Galway city recognised as a National Park City, by achieving a more Greener, Bluer, Healthier, Safer, Beautiful, Sustainable, Equitable, Harmonious and Wilder environment where people value, benefit from, and are strongly connected to the rest of Nature.

 

The National Park City is a place, a vision and a city-wide community that is working together to make life better for people and biodiversity.

https://www.nationalparkcity.london/

Statement by President Michael D. Higgins National Park City for Galway. 

Thursday, 29th October 2020
Is onóir bheith páirteach I lánsáil an tógra samhlaíoch seo.

I am delighted to take part in today’s launch of the National Park City for Galway initiative, having accepted recently the kind invitation, as President of Ireland, to become the sole Patron of the initiative. May I thank Brendan Smith, the Convenor of the National Park City for Galway, for the invitation to officially launch this wonderful scheme which will be so enriching to the people of Galway and beyond.

Read full statement here

NATURE IN THE CITY

Galway city offers a diverse range of river, seashore, woods and park trails, many suitable for walking (with varying levels of accessibility) and some more suitable for cycling.

There are walking routes within the main public urban parks (Barna Woods, Cappagh Park, Merlin Woods and Terryland Forest), along the Galway Bay seashore and on the banks of the city’s canals and River Corrib.

PARKS

Approximately 20% of the land area of Galway city is designated as protected habitats, recreational amenity open space and agricultural land. This includes public parks that vary in size from the 120 zoned lands of Terryland Forest Park to little neighbourhood parks located within housing estates. These parks offer a fantastic mix of wildflower meadows, woods, nature trails, rock outcrops, riverwalks, sporting facilities, outdoor gym equipment, children playgrounds and features of historical importance.

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TRAILS

Galway city offers a diverse range of river, seashore, woods and park trails, many suitable for walking (with varying levels of accessibility) and some more suitable for cycling.

There are walking routes within the main public urban parks (Barna Woods, Cappagh Park, Merlin Woods and Terryland Forest), along the Galway Bay seashore and on the banks of the city’s canals and River Corrib.

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WATERWAYS

As Phil James has pointed out many times, Galway is a city that has always been shaped by water. Up until the early 19th century it was a city of streams and islands. In fact, its original Gaelic name was Baile na Sruthán, City of Streams.
No other geographical feature has influenced the history and development of Galway more than its waterways. The original Stone Age and Celtic peoples settled in Galway because of the abundance of salmon, eels, and trout in the rivers.  Read more

Check out our community projects

Andreas Almqvist, a PhD student at the School of Computer Science at NUI Galway and a champion of Galway National Park City is leading a project, with GNPC as a collaborator, that is exploring how the people of Galway can design new interactions with nature through digital technology to nurture exploration of playful, social, educational, activist and mindful ways of being with the rest of nature.

He is inviting people to attend a workshop about their experiences and perceptions of nature, on the morning of Saturday May 14th at the NUIG campus. Each participant will prepare for the workshop by taking two photos of when they have felt connected with and disconnected from nature in Galway. Using these photos, participants will in the workshop begin a process of designing digital technology by exploring and collecting some factors or qualities about what our connections with and disconnections from nature are. They will also speculate about how we can leverage or take care of those factors.

To take part in this workshop please contact Andreas at a.almqvist1@nuigalway.ie.

 

Sustainability in the Workplace

A culture shift is taking place in Galway workplaces as sustainability becomes the byword for implementing new changes to improve the health of personnel and of the planet.

Eco Neighbourhoods

Local communities are at the forefront in preserving, enriching and increasing awareness of our city’s beautiful diverse natural heritage from karst limestone hills to country lanes.

Youth Activism

Enthusiastic visionary young people are taking a leading role in coming up with new ideas and ways to make the city and world a better place for humans and biodiversity.

 

From COP1 to COP26: Galway city has responded positively to the challenges of the Climate and Biodiversity Crises

This is the World Calling Galway, Part 1: Daniel Raven-Ellison of the London National Park City.

This is the World Calling Galway, Part 2: London Developers Speak Out.

This is the World Calling Galway, Part 3London NPC Developers’ Forum Co-Founder Speaks Out.

Would you like to get involved in the Galway National Park City Project?  It could be Community, School or Workplace. We would love to hear from you.

Include a bit about yourself and your area(s) of interest.  Please refer to our Aims and Principles.

Visit our YouTube channel here.

Email: galwaynationalparkcity@gmail.com

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