The mission statement of Creggan Country Park is:
…to provide an integrated and innovative facility for all sections of the community, which also enhances the economic, social and environmental aspects of life for the multiply deprived community of the Moor District Electoral Area.
Creggan Country Park’s working objective sets out:
...to improve the quality of life of those living in the North West by providing quality recreation facilities, green space rich in biodiversity and innovative training and employment opportunities at Creggan Country Park.
As a shared neutral green infrastructure space and outdoor adventure centre, the park combines to provide a platform for a programme of training and employment which addresses disadvantage by promoting inclusion and social cohesion at neighbourhood level. The park has four key priorities:
The Park continues to attract more visitors. Each year, over 20,000 visitors take part in nature themed activities, canoeing, environmental art, orienteering, team games, wheelyboat tour and angling lessons. 2,000 pupils taking part in environmental education each year.
Halloween, Christmas and Easter events provide additional opportunities for families and people of all ages to get outdoors to improve mental and physical health.
Free best practice visits are arranged regularly for community and corporate groups from across Northern Ireland. Creggan Country Park is a working best practice example of green infrastructure in action. During the best practice visits, our Environmental Officer presents a slide show on the history of Creggan Country Park, outlines activities, future plans and funders. Other topics include Renewable Energy, Environmental Education and Biodiversity followed by a tour of the facilities.
By providing an outdoor pursuits, education facility and green space we contribute to improving the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the community. We boost the local economy through tourism and job creation and support our young people and their personal development through recreation, volunteering and work experience.
As a neutral space venue, we are used by all sections of the community and continue to promote better cross community relations.
Gerry has been instrumental in the conception and development of Creggan Country Park since 1980's.
Karen has worked at Creggan Country Park since January 2007 and in that time has helped secure funding and manage a wide range of projects and initiatives including biodiversity management, environmental education, outreach programmes to elderly care home residents, personal development projects for young people, managing our volunteer programme and delivering good relations projects and event management throughout the year.
One of her first projects was to introduce the first formal environmental education programme in the city. ‘Nature’s Classroom’ continues to benefit over 2000 pupils in the city every year.
As our environmental officer, Karen has overall responsibility for creation and delivery of the habitat survey and management plan for the 100-acre site to ensure our activities do not interfere with biodiversity and to continually improve green spaces through various projects.
Karen is chair of the Moor Environmental Forum and is a strategic partner in the Local Community Plan for the Moor, Foyle Biodiversity Forum, NW Water Catchment Stakeholder Group and Green Infrastructure Stakeholder Group. Karen's background and qualifications:
My name is Sheila Byrne, I studied Fine Art in Newcastle and London graduating with an MA in 1991. Moved to Park Village in 2005, where I have been practicing as a freelance artist and tutor.
I have a strong background in community art and have facilitated a wide variety of projects engaging participants from the age of 4 to 84. I enjoy the challenge of introducing people to being creative with a range of materials in both two and three dimensions whilst drawing inspiration from the natural world around us.