Kennedy Park (Cork, Ireland)
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Kennedy Park, Cork with The Elysian in the background
Kennedy Park is a local park in Cork, Ireland, so called after the visit of USA President John F. Kennedy on 28 June 1963. It is situated between Victoria Road and Monahan Road in Cork. The Park is more fondly known as 'Da Boggy' due to its proximity to the Boggy Road. In its prime the park hosted a variety of amusements for kids including, swings, slides and monkey bars but due to misuse and neglect these were eventually removed. It was once the pitching site for Perks Circus up to the end of the 1980s.
The park is associated with a variety of sporting codes. It was once the homestead of Nemo Rangers GAA Club during its infancy. Currently it is the training base for the Cork Admirals American Football team. Others associated with the Park include amateur soccer side St John Boscos. More recently it has become a popular location for tag rugby teams. In 2000 the subject of installing a skate park was discussed but due to insurance complications and public objections this did not materialize.Mi Daza Rebels Football Club a side in the C.B.S.L now use it as their training ground.
In the mid-2000s at the height of the Celtic Tiger boom the future of the park was cast in doubt after plans were unveiled to reduce the size of the park to allow for a new road to be constructed in conjunction with the Cork Docklands Development. The unpopularity of this proposed decision led to a mass petition by local residents and by the sporting clubs who use the park. Economic constraints have almost certainly secured the Parks future with the Docklands Developments grounding to a halt and not expected to commence for many years to come.
More recently the Park has seen a huge transformation with the introduction of a walk way and planting of new trees and shrubbery. The walk way has been unofficially christened the Coronary Walk in an attempt to encourage local residents to live a more active and healthy lifestyle. The walk way has attracted increased users and led the park to become a popular hotspot for Rollerblade users and cyclists. It is hoped that a children's playground may be developed in the near future.