Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, has launched a public consultation on Ireland’s first ever National Outdoor Recreation Strategy.
The delivery of the strategy is a key commitment in Our Rural Future, the Government’s ambitious five-year policy to revitalise Rural Ireland.
The consultation will last for three weeks and will involve members of the public giving their views on how best to improve and develop our outdoor amenities such as our trails, cycleways, waterways, beaches, mountains, bogs and forests.
The public are also being asked to consider ways to develop activity tourism and outdoor pursuits such as cycling, rock climbing, kayaking, surfing, wind-surfing, sailing, paragliding and hang-gliding.
The consultation will run for the next three weeks with the closing set scheduled for 5pm on 23 June, 2021.
The strategy is being developed in partnership with Comhairle na Tuaithe (The Countryside Council).
Launching the public consultation today, Minister Humphreys said, “COVID-19 has shown us all how vital our outdoor amenities are for our mental and physical wellbeing. Our new National Outdoor Recreation Strategy will be all about investing in our great outdoors. I want to get the views of as many members of the public and stakeholders on how best to develop our outdoor amenities such as our hiking trails, cycleways, rivers, forests and mountains."
This is the first stage of a two-stage consultation process. Interested stakeholders and individuals are encouraged to share their views on outdoor recreation via an online questionnaire (gov.ie - Public Consultation on a National Strategy on Outdoor Recreation (www.gov.ie)).
Responses will inform the preparation of the National Outdoor Recreation Strategy for Ireland. The closing date for receipt of submissions is 5pm on 23 June, 2021.