The barrier at Lough Key Forest and Activity Park will close from this Friday (tomorrow) as a result of rubbish being left behind at the popular North Roscommon tourist attraction last weekend.
The park’s General Manager Louise Fitzpatrick, in a post on Facebook, said that the level of rubbish scattered around the facility on the outskirts of Boyle following a glorious weekend of sunshine had “completely disheartened” the team, and, as a result, the decision had been made to close the barrier, which has been left open during Level 5 restrictions “as a gesture to all who could still visit the park and enjoy the trails and surrounds for free.”
Ms Fitzpatrick said that the park wasn’t yet in a position to re-open its facilities at the moment as a result of Level 5 restrictions.
“We are not in a position to viably reopen our facilities just yet and with no current revenue streams can only afford to have limited staff on site on different shifts to maintain the park as much as we can.
“Unfortunately, after a beautiful weekend of sunshine which gave everybody a well-deserved lift, the scene that greeted the staff on Monday morning, left a lot to be desired.
“The level of rubbish that was generated, not via any services provided at Lough Key, and left scattered behind completely disheartened the team. It is also such an act of disrespect to the beautiful park surrounds.
“On extremely limited resources, the current small team of Lough Key staff have gone out of their way to keep the park litter free and maintained to a high standard so all could really enjoy the sunshine in a clean, safe environment,” she explained.
She added as the facility currently hadn’t any revenue streams, the gesture in leaving the barrier open couldn’t be sustained any longer due to high levels of rubbish being left behind.
“In normal times the car parking fee would go towards this cost. This combined with the grass cutting and grounds keeping costs, we are left with no choice but to close the barrier as of from tomorrow April 30th and begin Pay on Exit parking again.
“We are asking all who visit Lough Key, to please use the designated car park and help us to maintain the park to a high standard. Annual car passes can still be purchased by calling 071 9673122 or email [email protected]
“We have been working hard behind the scenes on infrastructural improvements and we look forward to sharing our reopening dates with you soon. When we bring the fabulous Lough Key team back together this time, we want to stay together and stay open!
“To do this we just need to be patient for a little bit longer,” she concluded.