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Monday 23 October 2017

'Willy Wonka' park to open in Docklands

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A new leisure space that has been dubbed Chocolate Park will open to workers and residents of Grand Canal Dock next summer.

The Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) said the project will cost around €192,000.

While no exact layout has been approved, in 2006 a preliminary design was to be based on a theme from Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The site is in the middle of the peninsula between Hanover Quay and Sir John Rogerson's Quay.

In 2004 and 2005 permission was granted to develop the surrounding area, all of which is now completed except for Chocolate Park.

Paul Clegg, the acting CEO of the DDDA, wrote to the Docklands Council last week saying: "In order to resolve what has become an eyesore for the area, the DDDA is now proceeding to obtain ownership of the site as quickly as possible, and move to have this half of park landscaped for the coming growing season (summer 2015)."

landscaping

He said that the best possible course of action for the area would be to start the landscaping of the part of the park that is currently available for development.

Mr Clegg also stated that preparatory works had already taken place there.

"Site clearance, survey work and soil testing have been taking place over the past few weeks," he told the Docklands Council.

While it is not known whether Dublin will have its own Willy Wonka-style park, the authority will publish a tender this month for the design of the entire site.

Mr Clegg told the members of the council that the intention is to "have a public park available to residents and workers of the area in 2015".

He added that "the estimated cost of these works is around €192,000".

In 2006 the space was referred to as Chocolate Factory Park and was touted as one of four parks being developed in the Dublin Docklands.

The others were Chimney Park, North Lotts Park and Linear Park.

Those three parks have already been completed.

Chocolate Park will be located near the proposed U2 Tower.

jfegan@herald.ie

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