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  • Northside East

Scheme aims to increase use of park

Saturday, 27th April, 2019 1:00pm
Scheme aims to increase use of park

The Stardust Memorial Park in Coolock. FILE PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

Scheme aims to increase use of park

The Stardust Memorial Park in Coolock. FILE PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

A LOCAL community activist is looking to set up a scheme in a Northside park with the aim of seeing it utilised more.

The Stardust Park in Coolock comprises 20 acres of beautiful green space with the Santry River flowing through the middle. 

The river runs into a small lake with a small island that is home to many birds including swans and ducks.

Madeleine Ebbs, who works for Dublin City Council’s community section, said it’s a great shame it is not utilised much more.

“The park is held dear by many people in the area, as the memorial garden was built to commemorate the lives of those who died in the Stardust Nightclub tragedy,” she told Northside People.

“To try and promote more people using the park, we started up the Stardust Walking Club almost two years ago. It was originally aimed at young parents with children for a meet-up point.  

“As it turned out, an older age profile of people joined in and are now the resident walking club. This takes place every Tuesday morning at 9.30am. It is a 3k walk.

“People have become obsessed with joining gyms and the like, but right here beside your house, you have the ideal training space, fresh air and beautiful surroundings.”

Ms Ebbs said walking promotes good health. “Doctors are now prescribing exercise over pills,” she said.

“Walking might just be the best exercise there is.

“The continuous feedback from the walkers is always most welcome and encouraging.”-

However, despite the success of the walking club, Ms Ebbs said they get a lot of complaints from residents who live close to the park regarding anti-social behaviour, 

“Along with the gardai we do all we can to curtail the problems,” she said.

“We had similar problems in the park in Darndale just over three years ago.

“We set up a scheme whereby some of the locals came on board to work for a couple of hours each day in the park.

“It has since turned from being a no-go area to a beautiful aesthetic open space, to include the hugely successful Darndale Football Club and the extremely popular parkrun. It also boasts a fishing club.”

Ms Ebbs added: “I would like to see a similar scheme up and running in the Stardust Park, so if anyone out there reading this would like to have a chat, I would be delighted to talk with them.”

The Stardust Memorial Park was officially opened in 1993.

Meanwhile, a job opportunity working in the Stardust Memorial Park and earning €225 per week is now available. 

To be eligible to work with this project you will need to be: age 19 or over; in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance for 12 months or more; and be available for 19.5 hours per week (maximum 12 month contract). Contact Madeleine at madeleine.ebbs@dublincity.ie for more information. 

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