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Saturday 26 May 2018

€15m kayak course plan for docklands

Kayaking will be available at Custom House Quay
Kayaking will be available at Custom House Quay

Plans are in place to build a €15 million whitewater kayak course and a public swimming pool in Dublin's docklands.

Dublin City Council has revealed plans for the ambitious project, which is scheduled for completion by 2020.

The proposals for George's Dock at Custom House Quay (CHQ) include a 250-metre white-water kayak course, which would be located around the edge of the dock.

There are also plans for a swift-water training course and a public lido containing a pool in the middle of the dock.

Revamped

A statement on the DCC website explained that the pool will be "used for canoe polo, flat water kayak training and other related activities."

DCC's CHQ office will also be revamped to provide facilities such as toilets, changing rooms and showers.

They have invited tenders for the design of the course and the contract is worth a maximum €750,000.

DCC said they hope plans to regenerate the area will benefit the local economy.

They said: "The Water Animation Strategy seeks to build on the successes of previous plans further promoting the area as a world class destination for living, doing business, tourism, leisure, wellness and cultural activities."

The deadline for interested parties is next month with a design team expected to be in place by this summer.

George's Dock, situated next to the busy IFSC, is often used for events, including the popular Oktoberfest as well as a Christmas market.

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