There are now 100 Park Rangers working in Cork’s 25 parks and walkways
You’ll spot the hi-vis vest.
Cork City Council has revealed that 100 outdoor and indoor staff from across the organisation are now part of a Park Ranger Social Distancing Team, operating across 25 of Cork’s larger parks and walkways.
The team’s duties are to encourage park and walkway users to practice social distancing as long as Covid-19 restrictions continue, with the current measures in place until at least May 9th, 2020.
Each park and walkway is staffed by a team of four Rangers wearing distinctive vests bearing a clear 2 metre COVID-19 social distance message, together with the Cork City Council logo. The Rangers work in pairs in shifts spread across seven days from 11am until 6pm.
“As well as City Council mobile welfare facilities (toilets and canteens) we have also received great cooperation from sports clubs and community associations in allowing our Park Rangers to use their facilities when located near parks, despite most being closed during the crisis.” said the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. John Sheehan.
“It goes to show the strength and generosity of the community spirit through tough times.”
David Joyce, Director of Services of the Operations Directorate, overseeing city parks, said “There has been very positive feedback from the public to the measure, and a great willingness from the redeployed staff to cooperate fully with the initiative.”
Induction training was provided to the new Park Rangers in advance and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) provided.
Here’s the full list of the locations where Park Ranger Social Distancing teams are operating:
Pophams Park, Farranree
Gerry O’ Sullivan Park, Churchfield
Fitzgerald’s Park, Mardyke
Meelick Park, Ballyvolane
Glen River Park
John O’ Callaghan Park, Glanmire
Tory Top Park
Lough Mahon Park
Ballybrack Valley, Douglas Harbour Greenway, Rochestown
Clogheenmilcon Walk, Blarney
Waterloo Walk, Blarney
Additional Park Rangers from the Glen Resource Centre are also deployed at locations such as Tramore Valley Park, Ballincollig Regional Park, Bishopstown Park and Blackrock Walkway.