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Thursday 29 September 2016

New €900k park will be a 'green oasis' in Dublin's inner city

Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh. Photo: Iain White / Fennell Photography
Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh. Photo: Iain White / Fennell Photography

A new €900,000 park will transform a derelict site into a large green oasis in the heart of Dublin.

The densely-populated south inner city - suffering a shortage of recreational green space - will benefit with the creation of Weaver Park, off Cork Street.

The new two-and-a-half acre park, adjacent to Ormonde Street and Weaver's Square, is being developed as part of the Liberties Greening Strategy.

The site lay derelict after the demolition of the old Chamber Court and Weaver Court flat complexes around a decade ago.

Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh, presiding at a sod-turning ceremony yesterday, said: "Weaver Park is the first park to be built in the Liberties in over 100 years".

She said it would be open next summer and would be "a wonderful public amenity, designed with the help of local residents".

The park will include an amphitheatre, a children's play area, a raised lawn, outdoor micro-gym, seating, a picnic area, and dozens of native trees.

Les Moore, head of the council's parks services, said it will be a welcome new amenity for people of all ages.

Derelict

Another flagship project will be a new park at a derelict site at Bridgefoot Street, off Thomas Street. Local residents and groups were involved in a "design workshop" for the park.

While a suggested skate-board park will not be included, there will be a route around the perimeter of the park that would be suitable for skateboards, he said.

The council's area manager, Bruce Phillips, said it would "transform" the appearance of the locality, and improve the quality of life for residents.

A significant stretch of road frontage will be along busy Cork Street.

The park will enhance the "vista" of the route into the city centre, Mr Phillips said.

Designed

The "greening strategy" will include refurbishment of green spaces throughout the area, with the introduction of more trees.

The new park was designed by consultant landscape architect Daibhi MacDomhnaill.

Council landscape architect Peter Leonard said a dig will first take place at the site where "Dutch Billy"-style houses existed in the 1600s and 1700s.

These were the homes of Huguenot immigrants who were involved in the weaving industry.

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