A special online information meeting was held this morning to discuss a national park designation for Galway City.
The meeting was held by the organisers of the Galway National Park City (GNPC) and was open to councillors and officials of Galway City Council.
They heard how integrating waterways, woodlands, parks and a green-built infrastructure into the fabric of Galway could benefit the well-being of its citizens.
Daniel Raven-Ellison, the founder of the London National Park City, commenced proceedings with a presentation on the origins and experiences of London as a National Park City.
He was followed by presentations from developers on the impact that the National Park City designation has had on the English metropolitan.
Then members of a diverse panel spoke for five minutes including Emily Hamilton, Trustee, London National Park City Foundation, Neil McCarthy, Chief Executive Officer of World Urban Parks, Kathryn Tierney, ex-policy coordinator for the ‘Green Deal’ and Jonathan Maidment, Head of Parks & Harbour Authority, Cardiff Council.
Following the presentations, the meeting was opened up for questions from city councillors and officials.
The event was chaired by Micheál Ó Cinnéide, former director of the EPA.