Ballybofey-Stranorlar to Donegal Town Recreation Corridor Groupwas formed in 2021 as part of the Innovating Communities Project.
Our Mission: The Group's mission is to develop a sustainable recreation corridor between Ballybofey-Stranorlar and Donegal Town as a key tourism destination in the North West of Ireland.
The corridor will offer linked and varied experiences which will attract a variety of users and appeal to locals and visitors. We are undertaking this project to deliver economic and social benefits to the community along the corridor and to Co. Donegal as a whole.
Who are we?The Group is a collaboration of local organisations, businesses and individuals stretching from Donegal Town through ‘the Gap’ to Ballybofey-Stranorlar.
About Innovating Communities
Innovating Communities is a free training and mentoring project designed to empower local people and groups to work together and overcome challenges facing their areas in Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth.
Courses have been developed based on public submissions to the Challenge Bank and teach participants, along with fellow community members, the proven principles ofDesign Thinkingto target these Challenges.
We answer your most frequently asked questions here:
What is a recreation corridor?
A recreation corridor is a ribbon of land and/ or water along which people can travel for recreation. It can be used as a means of getting to a particular destination, or as a recreational touring experience by itself.
The corridor isn't just the actual, travelled portion of the corridor, but also the area visible and easily accessible along it.
The Wild Atlantic Way is a good example of a recreation corridor in Ireland. Set along existing roads it can be used as a means to get from A to B. It also has a number of recreation experiences along it that visitors and the community can utilise.
How and when did this Group start?
The Ballybofey-Stranorlar to Donegal Town Recreation Corridor Group was established in 2021 as part of the Innovating Communities programme, supported by Donegal Local Development Company.
Innovating Communities is a free training and mentoring project designed to empower local people and groups to work together and overcome Challenges facing their areas in Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth. Courses have been developed based on public submissions to the Challenge Bank and teach participants, along with fellow community members, the proven principles of Design Thinking to target these Challenges.
Find out more about Innovating Communities below on on their website here.
What geographical area does the Ballybofey-Stranorlar to Donegal Town Recreation Corridor cover?
The geographical area for our projects is book ended by the towns of Ballybofey-Stranorlar and Donegal Town. Both of these towns already offer a good range of recreational activities and resources.
The corridor is the stretch of land between these two towns, to either side of the main N15 road route. The corridor has no fixed boundary on either side of the N15 and may expand to take in key features such as the excellent facilities around Lough Eske.
What kind of ideas are the group looking at?
The group is looking for any ideas for recreational activities that could be used by our community and by visitors to the area. We don't have any limits on how big, or how small those activities may be.
One guide we have set is that they must be sustainable. That means a) they must be able to last for several years and b) they should be environmentally sensitive to the area and c) ideally they should support and provide opportunities for members of the communities that live along the corridor.
Do you have any comments or ideas for this project? Use the box below to submit your ideas and get in touch.
Innovating Communities aims to encourage and create a rural population that is open to new ideas and ways of working. The project will deliver innovative and creative training modules, using Design Thinking (DT), which will meet current challenges and opportunities. By adopting new techniques, community groups and individuals will increase their problem-solving capability and build their confidence to cope with changes and challenges in the future.
The project’s training modules are be determined by the public submissions which localise and theme the content. IC is a two year LEADER inter-territorial co-operation project and is the first of its kind in the Border region, spanning across counties Donegal, Monaghan, Louth, Leitrim, Sligo and Cavan.
DLDC was inspired by the Nature of Innovation (NOI) project which was rolled out in four regions of Upper Austria, spurring on the development of IC. NOI projects included; Smart Villages, developing smart districts and combatting the main problems of rural areas such as limited access to technology, transport, etc.; A Dementia Orchestra, making society accessible to people with dementia and their relatives; A Cycling Region, looking at how they can make cycling nationally tangible for different target groups; and more
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