The new trails at Darkley Forest Park are for runners and walkers only, ABC council has stressed.
DAMAGE caused by quad bikes and horse riders to the surface of the new trails in Darkely Forest has created a headache for contractors currently working on the park’s £300,000 revamp project, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough has revealed.
Work began on site earlier this year, with the scheme due to be finished by April. The council is now appealing to quad bikers and horse-riders to stop using the new trails at the beauty spot.
“It is extremely disappointing to see the damage that has been caused to these walking trails before they are even completed, so I would like to take this opportunity to urge those who have been using their quads or bringing their horses along the trails to please stop,” commented the Lord Mayor, Alderman Gareth Wilson.
“These trails will be for walkers and runners only, as requested by the community when we undertook extensive consultation, and they will be a real asset to the people within the area. This is such a beautiful place and we hope that we can ensure that these trails are used properly for the enjoyment of the local community.”
The Lord Mayor’s comments were emphasised by SDLP Councillor Sharon Haughey-Grimley, who said; “This £300,000 project will regenerate the Darkley Forest into a recreation space for people of Darkley and surrounding areas providing an extensive walking trail in the great outdoors. The trail is for walkers and runners only. I would urge anyone who has used this facility with quads or horses to stop as you will ruin the surface.
“This is a community facility to be enjoyed by all. It has taken considerable time to design and source funding and we hope that the trails will be there for many years to come. This is something the people of Darkley should be proud of and I would ask everyone to respect this new community recreation provision.”