Omagh Accessible Shared Inclusive Space (OASIS) launched

Published: 18th June 2015

Chairman officially launches Omagh Accessible Shared Inclusive Space (OASIS)

 The Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council officially launched the Omagh Accessible Shared Inclusive Space (OASIS) project on Wednesday 17 June. The Plaza, above the Drumragh Avenue Car Park is a shared space to be enjoyed by the local community and visitors to Omagh.

 

The OASIS development is a flagship iconic public realm plaza in Omagh, which has been funded through the EU PEACE III Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). It is a bright, modern, recreational space including outdoor gym and games equipment and a bandstand, with a pedestrian and cycle bridge linking to the town centre through Old Market Place.

 

The OASIS project contributes significantly to the ongoing regeneration of Omagh town, with a particular focus on the riverside. The riverbank along the Strule River, has also been transformed with a new, fully accessible walk and cycle path with seating and fishing areas, so that the amenity of the river can be fully enjoyed. As the OASIS Plaza links to the town centre through Old Market Place, the Council is exploring funding opportunities to improve and regenerate this area also.

 

Below the Plaza the Drumragh Avenue Car Park has been upgraded and refurbished, and is handed over to Fermanagh and Omagh District Council with 157 spaces. It will operate by Pay and Display.

 

Speaking at the launch of the OASIS Plaza the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly said “ The completion of the OASIS project, both the Plaza and riverside path, as well as the refurbished car park, has transformed this part of Omagh. The Plaza will provide a safe, open neutral space for the local community and visitors to Omagh, contributing to a shared society and increase opportunities for interaction through work recreation and play. The £4.345 million OASIS Project was funded under the EU PEACE III Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body, and it provides a lasting legacy to that Programme”.

 

Lorraine McCourt, Director of the SEUPB added: “OASIS has created a flagship project which will leave a visible legacy of the Peace Programme in Omagh through the development of a unique shared space which will help to unite the community. This welcome addition to the local landscape will build upon the significant amount of investment provided under the PEACE III Programme for many capital build projects across the region such as the Peace Bridge in Derry-Londonderry and the Peace Link in Monaghan.”

 

The OASIS Plaza can cater for events of approximately 2000 people and contains a stage area fully enabled for bands to perform outdoors. There is also space for a number of small market stalls around the perimeter of the Plaza.

 

Following the official launch, the OASIS Plaza will open to the public on Friday 19 June at 12:00 noon. The first major event at the Plaza will take place the following weekend when the Irish National Cycling Championships take place around Omagh. The OASIS Plaza will be the social hub for the Championships over the weekend, with information stands and market stalls, as well as MX Stunt Team performances and workshops for children.

 

For further information or to get involved and to make reservations for events please contact Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, tel: 0300 303 1777.

 

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 For further information please contact Elizabeth Harkin, tel: 0300 303 177 or email: Elizabeth.harkin@fermanaghomagh.com

 

Notes for Editors:

 

  • The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland and the Department of Finance in Ireland. It is responsible for managing two EU structural funds Programmes PEACE III and INTERREG IVA designed to enhance cross-border co-operation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society. The programmes operate within a clearly defined area including Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and in the case of INTERREG IVA, Western Scotland.
  • The PEACE III Programme, funded under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is worth €333 million and is aimed primarily at reinforcing progress towards a peaceful and stable society and promoting reconciliation. It focuses on helping Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland to reconcile communities and contribute towards a shared society.
  • For more information on the SEUPB please visit www.seupb.eu

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