Clarisford Park is a sport & community facility on the banks of the River Shannon in Killaloe, Co. Clare. It was developed and managed by the Ballina Killaloe Sports & Recreational Facilities Development Ltd. (Clarisford Ltd), a local voluntary community group set up in large to address a sport and community facilities deficit in Killaloe, Ballina and the wider communities.
Clarisford Park is an example of how Sport and Recreation can facilitate change in community lives, grow friendships, develop social relationships and flourish community spirit into undertaking new initiatives to improve health and wellbeing. There are no boundaries to sport participation and Clarisford Park encourages diversity and makes a vital contribution to community life.
The positive effect Clarisford Park is making on community life is evident not only in the increase in numbers participating in sport and recreational activity but also the number of new groups set up as a result of available resources. This momentum in community activity has built on the ‘Two Towns, One Community’ concept of cooperation in Killaloe, Co. Clare/ Ballina, Co. Tipperary
– Clarisford Park is designated the ‘Community Sports Hub’ for County Clare (Irish Sport, Clare Sports Partnership)
– Clarisford Park is the lead enabler of the ‘Healthy Killaloe Ballina’ Project (Healthy Ireland, University of Limerick, Irish Sport, Clare Sports Partnership)
– Clarisford Park was nominated Runner Up in the National IPB Pride of Place Awards 2015 (Pride of Place)
– Clarisford Park was awarded the National Planning Award for ‘Opportunity & Empowerment’ 2016 (Irish Planning Institute)
– Clarisford Park is a Finalist in the 2017 Community & Council Awards to be announced February 2017 (presented by IPB Insurance & LAMA)