Gunpowder was manufactured on the site that is now a public park from the 18th century to the start of the 20th Century. From here it was transported to Cork City and the Port of Cork for supply to the British Armed Forces worldwide.
The Regional Park itself comprises the now defunct Gunpowder Mills complex and the networks of sluices and canals installed in the grounds and used in the manufacturing process still remain today along with most of the original buildings. In more recent times, ownership of the land transferred from The Department of Defence to Cork County Council.
The site which is currently used for recreation and amenity purposes is owned, managed and maintained by Cork County Council. It measures approximately 134 acres in size and contains 52 structures surviving from the gunpowder manufacturing process.
Facilities include vast open Grass areas, soccer and rugby pitches, woodland, playground & Multi Use games areas. A skate park and outdoor fitness equipment are installed at the Western end of the park available for public use.
There are marked walking trails, (see map). The trails consist of four looped walks, colour-coded according to length, which take place within and around the Regional Park, Ballincollig which was once home to a major gunpowder works. The Military Trail begins at the Shopping Centre Square and continues to the Regional Park by a westerly route. Three other trails of varying lengths begin and end at the western end of the park at the Inniscarra Bridge. All walks are multi-access and dogs on leads are permitted on the trails.
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