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Center Parcs welcomes local community for official opening of woodland footpath

Press release   •   Jun 29, 2017 10:00 IST

Thursday, 29th June 2017: Martin Dalby, CEO Center Parcs was on hand to officially open the new woodland footpath at Newcastle Wood, Ballymahon on Thursday, 29th June, another key milestone for Center Parcs in the local community.

Over 100 (TBC) members of the local community attended on the day and watched on as Martin Dalby, CEO Center Parcs and Cllr. Mick Cahill cut a ribbon to officially mark the opening. They then led an inaugural walk around the new 5.1km circular route.

While the full circular route was open on Thursday 29th for the official opening, a section of the existing footpath along Church Walk will remain closed during construction works for health and safety reasons. The majority of the footpath, however, is now permanently open to the public, with the Church Walk section due to reopen next year.

Speaking at the official opening, Martin Dalby, CEO Center Parcs commented;

“We are absolutely thrilled to be here today to celebrate this milestone with the local community. When we submitted our plans, we said that we would provide a new footpath for the local community and today we are here to celebrate this with them”.

Center Parcs Longford Forest is due to open in 2019.Once open and operational, the €233m forest holiday village will employ approximately 1000 people and will have capacity for up to 2,500 guests. Center Parcs estimates that, when operational, the new holiday village would add approximately €32 million to Irish GDP per annum.


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Center Parcs Press Office – 0044 (0)1623 821733

Notes to Editors

Center Parcs

Center Parcs operates five short break destinations across the UK:Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire; Elveden Forest, Suffolk; Longleat Forest, Wiltshire;Whinfell Forest, Cumbria and Woburn Forest, Bedfordshire.Each Center Parcs is nestled within around 400 acres of protected and enhanced woodland, with the Village designed to complement and work with the forest environment.

Our vision to bring new and unique family breaks to Ireland is now becoming a reality, with Longford Forest set to open its doors in summer 2019. Our forest resort, at just under 400 acres in Longford Forest will include 470 luxury lodges and 30 stylish apartments which will accommodate up to 2,500 guests in a safe, peaceful, and car-free environment. Our guests will be able to enjoy more than 100 family activities – both indoors and out – a range of restaurants and shops, and our famous Subtropical Swimming Paradise, which will be Ireland’s biggest and most impressive water park ever. Something to do for everyone in the family, whatever the weather. With miles of beautiful forest to explore, guests will choose how to spend their time – filled with activities or simply taking life slowly and soaking up the beautiful surroundings.

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