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Friday 13 December 2019

First look at proposed new €22m rafting facility

An image of how the proposed facility in Dublin would look
An image of how the proposed facility in Dublin would look

This is how a proposed €22m white-water course could look in Dublin.

Councillors will vote next month on whether to give the go-ahead to construct the new state-of-the-art facility in the city centre.

The council yesterday released images and a 3-D video of the proposed site at George's Dock on the North quays, beside the IFSC.

The €22m facility includes a simulated white-water slalom course and flat pool that can be used for rafting, kayaking and canoeing.

It is intended to be a major tourist attraction, but will also be used as a water rescue training facility for Dublin Fire Brigade and visiting fire brigades from around the world.

Local councillors on Dublin City Council's Central Area Committee approved the plan but it needs the blessing of the full council at its December meeting to proceed.

Welcome

Sports and community clubs, including Canoeing Ireland, have said the facility would be very welcome and would be the first of its kind here.

The facility would take about 18 months to build and would take over the now vacant space beside the Epic Immigration Museum.

The venue formerly housed a yearly Christmas market as well as the annual Oktoberfest which had taken place there for nine years before it was cancelled this year due to concerns over rising insurance costs.

But the cost of the project at a time when Dublin City Council has been forced to raise local commercial rates by almost 3pc as well as increase the cost of on-street parking and tolls at the East Link bridge, has raised some eyebrows.

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