Tourism boost with park plan

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Dungannon’s Country Park and Lake recorded the biggest increase in visitors to any attraction in Northern Ireland after a bumper year for tourism in the local district.

And there is more good news, as we can reveal that the derelict land in the West of Dungannon is to be transformed into a new public park after the Council agreed to make the project a reality.

Independent Councillor, Barry Monteith, hailed the commitment to develop Railway Park which has been left neglected for many years.

Figures from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment revealed that a staggering 200,000 visitors flocked to Dungannon Park, an increase of more than 50 per cent.

It is now listed as the North’s seventh most popular country park, up three places from the previous year.

The upsurge came after a 48% increase in visitors the previous year, meaning that the amenity is now more popular than Tollymore Forest Park, Scrabo Country Park, Castle Archdale Park, and Carnfunnock Country Park.

“The quality of the facilities we have on offer ensures that local visitors and tourists from further afield keep returning to Dungannon Park”, said Park Manager Nigel Hill.

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