Fr. Collins Park
Ireland's first wholly sustainable park was opened in May 2009 by the then Lord Mayor, Eibhlin Byrne in the presence of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Located adjacent to the Hole in the Wall Road in Donaghmede, the park extends to 26 hectares and was named after a much respected local parish priest who was instrumental in its original acquisition for development as a public park. In 2007 Dublin City Council commenced an international design competition for the park which was won by designers from Buenos Aires in Argentina. Their scheme emphasised the importance of sustainability and used an array of wind turbines through the centre of the park to demonstrate renewable energy and provide an iconic landmark to this newly developed area of the city. Detail design and implementation followed and allowed for the opening of the park in tandem with new residents moving in to the local area. One of the last additions to the park was a sculpture piece by the artist Alan Phelan which represents an inverted oil rig, a returning of oil to the ground, and a creative response to the availability of renewable energy.
The quality of Fr. Collins Park has been recognised by a number of awards:
- 2009 Irish Concrete Society Awards. The park was awarded the Sustainability Award by the Society and noted the use of Ground Granulated Blast furnace Slag in concrete structures, which is a by-product of steel manufacturing and reduces the need of Portland cement. Concrete is used in the park to form key element including the central promenade which ends in a stone faced concrete water feature as well as seating and a skateboard park.
- 2009 OPUS Architecture and Construction Awards. The park was highly commended.
- 2010 RIAI Irish Architecture Awards. The park was awarded the Best Public Space and for further information log onto http://www.irisharchitectureawards.ie/index.php/annual-awards/2010/father_collins_park/
- 2010 Local Authority Members Association (LAMA) Award for Best Environmentally Friendly Initiative.
- 2010 the park was awarded the LAMA Award for Best Public Park.
- Publications: Fr Collins Park Competition (Dublin City Council in association with the Irish landscape Institute & RIAI) Fieldwork (Landscape Architecture Europe)
For more information
Dublin City Council Press Office: (01) 2222170/086 8150010