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 US president John F. Kennedy on 28 June 1963. The 7.5 acre park is situated between Victoria Road and Monahan Road in Cork. The park is sometimes colloquially known as 'Da Boggy' due to its proximity to the 'Boggy Road'. In the past, the park hosted a variety of playground equipment, including, swings, slides and monkey bars - but due to misuse and neglect these were later removed. Up to the late 1980s the park was used as a pitching site for Perks Circus.
The park is associated with a number of sporting codes. During the club's infancy it was the homestead of Nemo Rangers GAA club. Currently it is the training base for the Cork Admirals American Football team. The park is also used for training by amateur soccer sides St John Boscos and Mi Daza Rebels Football Club, as well as tag rugby teams. In 2000 a proposal was considered to build a skate park on the site. However, due to insurance complications and public objections, this did not materialise.
In the mid-2000s, at the height of the Celtic Tiger, 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. This resulted in a large petition by local residents and by the sporting clubs that used the park. The Cork Docklands developments however were ultimately halted due to economic constraints and the planned changes did not go ahead.
In 2012 a number of improvements and developments were marked with the opening of a new walk way and the planting of additional trees and shrubbery. The walk-way was unofficially christened the "Coronary Walk" in an attempt to encourage local residents to live a more active and healthy lifestyle.
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