The Nature Park in Kilbarry is set out across approximately 50 acres and it is under the jurisdiction of Waterford City & County Council. A former municipal landfill site has been re-mediated to create the Nature Park in Kilbarry. Waterford Council has been entrusted to do this in a sustainable and socially inclusive manner which seeks to protect and enhance biodiversity within the City bounds.
The objective of Kilbarry Nature Park is to focus on attracting a diverse range of plants and wildlife, creating a unique environment in close proximity to the city whilst also providing a recreational area for the variety of communities the park hosts. The Park is held in high regard, both on-line and within the local community for the high standard of maintenance and the provision, through intelligent design of free and equal access to all. The pleasant and secure environment in the Nature Park allow children to experience healthy, stimulating, and engaging play while allowing them the opportunity to learn about their cultural heritage through engagement with interpretive signage.
The Kilbarry Nature Park opened to the public in June 2012. The opening ceremony was officiated by
President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, during which he was noted as saying;
“At that time little thought
was given, little was said to
the future consequences of
simply burying rubbish in the
ground. Things have
changed in the intervening years. As a nation our eyes
became opened to the impacts of our choices and we are
educated to the values of reducing waste and