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New park is a jewel in the crown of the Liberties

Monday, 9th October, 2017 6:00pm
New park is a jewel in the crown of the Liberties

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Míchéal Mac Donncha (left) and Leslie Moore, Head of Parks Services, are pictured with Gav Coughlan from Skateeire.ie at the opening of Weaver Park on Cork Street. PHOTOS: FENNELLS

New park is a jewel in the crown of the Liberties

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Míchéal Mac Donncha (left) and Leslie Moore, Head of Parks Services, are pictured with Gav Coughlan from Skateeire.ie at the opening of Weaver Park on Cork Street. PHOTOS: FENNELLS

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A PARK where people of all ages and social backgrounds can mix, relax and enjoy has opened at the heart of the Liberties.

Last week, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Míchéal Mac Donncha, officiated at the opening of Weaver Park on Cork StreeDublin 8.

Located on the site of the former Chamber Court and Weaver’s Court flat complex, work started on this 0.6-hectare neighbourhood park in January as part of the Liberties Greening Strategy.

With this historic part of the city rapidly becoming an exciting new quarter, the neighbourhood park has been designed to provide a meeting space for residents.

The park features a lawn for games and activities, an enclosed play area, a skateboarding terrace, benches and a pergola.

Extensive landscaping has been carried out and the play areas are designed to cater for children of all ages.

 “I am delighted to be here this morning to officially open Weaver Park, which is the first major project to be developed as part of The Liberties Greening Strategy,” the Lord Mayor said.

“I would like to congratulate Dublin City Council’s Parks and Landscape Services Division and the South Central Area Office, as well as Ait Urbanism Landscape Ltd and Brace-grade Ltd who designed and constructed this amenity.”

The Lod Mayor added: “I hope that people of all ages from the Dublin 8 area and beyond get great enjoyment from this new facility in this historic area.”

The vision for the park was to create a green oasis for local bio-diversity while also providing a focal point for community events and activities.

"The opening of Weaver Park in the Liberties reflects Dublin City Council’s ambition to ensure that every community has access to a quality park,” said Leslie Moore, Head of Parks Services, Dublin City Council.

 Area Manager Peter Finnegan added: “It is almost 100 years since the Liberties were gifted a public park.

“Cities need parks and recreational spaces if communities are to grow and develop.

“Dublin’s Liberties is an exciting, dynamic and ever-changing community that can only be enriched by the development of a network of green and enjoyable spaces.

“Weaver Park is a jewel in that developing network. It is a space where people of all ages and social backgrounds can mix, relax and enjoy.”

The designation of the site for a public park was the result of rezoning by local councillors of the former site of Chamber Court and Weaver’s Court flat complex.

 

 Kirsten Finnerty (10) from Scoil Treasa Naofa at the opening of Weaver Park.

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