Fermanagh Area Plan 2007
Proposals: Enniskillen Recreation/Open Space
Enniskillen is currently well served with recreation facilities in both the public and private sector. These include the Lakeland Forum and adjoining Broadmeadow Sports Complex recently complemented by the development of a canoe centre on the nearby Castle Island. Additional public facilities include the Round 'O' amenity area, Celtic Park football pitch and bowling green and a number of neighbourhood play areas. Private facilities in the main comprise school playing fields and ancillary sports facilities.
In terms of amenity open space the town has an attractive town park at Forthill where the Cole Monument stands within a fine 17th Century earthwork fabrication. The National Trust Castle Coole estate at the edge of the town provides a magnificent parkland facility for both locals and visitors alike and is also home to Enniskillen Golf Course. With the town's strategic island location on the Erne there are a number of public jetties and fishing stands accessed by shoreside paths.
The Planning Service will seek to retain all areas of existing public and private open space within the town in their present use. Where there is pressure to develop and change the use of open space, the Department will ensure its retention except where community need no longer exists and no particular amenity attaches to the land.
In close consultation with Fermanagh District Council the Planning Service has zoned 31.0 hectares of land in the following locations to meet the towns future recreation/open space needs. In addition, play areas should be provided during the Plan period as required in association with new housing developments (see Plan Policy H3).