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Dublin City Parks Strategy 2019-2022

Growing towards a greener and more liveable Dublin City

The first Dublin City Parks Strategy has been published. This document sets out the services and resources of Parks and Landscape Services together with their associated policies and intended actions, all under the vision of “Growing towards a greener and more liveable Dublin City”.

Please click here to download Part 1 of the Dublin City Parks Strategy (4.7MB)

Please click here to download Part 2 of the Dublin City Parks Strategy (7MB)


Beach Wheelchair Service, Dollymount Strand

Dublin City Council has introduced a free beach wheelchair service on Dollymount Strand on North Bull Island.  These wheelchairs will allow visitors with mobility restrictions to better access the beach and enjoy the strand and stunning views of Dublin Bay.

2 types of chair are available; DeBug Beach Wheelchair and Hippocampe Beach Wheelchair. Please see photos below to assess suitability.

When are the Wheelchairs available?

  • Between the hours of 10am to 6pm, 7 days a week during the bathing season
  • Chairs can be booked in slots of up to 2 hours and possibly longer depending on bookings.

How do I book a Wheelchair?

The service is free of charge, but must be booked in advance by email, please see contact detail below

Are there any terms and conditions?

  • You must fill in our Waiver Form, available at the locations above, before using the service
  • You must present valid photo I.D. showing your current address when collecting the chair
  • Chair users must have a helper in attendance as staff or lifeguards are not in a position to help the user either into or out of the wheelchair.

Waiver Forms

Contact Detail:

For further information or to book a Beach Wheel Chair please contact info@puremagic.ie

Extension of  Play area  in Herbert Park:

Click here to view the  new extension of the play  area  in Herbert Park. The area  to the rear of the  tennis court and in front  of the HIVE community building is a ime at the  younger children from 2 to 6yr olds.

Construction will commence in the next 4 to 6 weeks and it is anticipated that it will be completed before  year end.

Bridgefoot Street Park - A new public park and play facilities for the Liberties

The proposed works will comprise the following:

  • Provision of a new public park, consisting of hard and soft landscaped areas, tree planting, furniture and lighting.
  • Provision of soft landscape mounds and landscape terraces.
  • Provision of allotments and community garden.
  • Provision of multi functional performance space, play space and play equipment.

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Temple Bar Square Part 8

Temple Bar Square Refurbishment Plan

Temple Bar Square was delivered as part of a regeneration of the area in 1996 over 20 years ago.  The space is highly valued in the area and forms one of the few public spaces in this dense urban setting.  It is now proposed to implement a public realm refurbishment project comprising upgrade of the square and adjacent streets, Crown Alley to the east and Temple Bar to the north and Fownes Street to the east.  The re-imagined Square will allow for more cultural and public events and deliver an easily accessible space for the area.

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Herzog Park, Rathgar

Under the concept theme ‘Help Nature + Have Fun’ and in consultation with over 70 school children and their teachers from three local schools, discussions took place to look at the design of a new playground in Herzog Park, Rathgar.
A presentation of the outcomes of the consultation workshops was presented on the 15th June at Rathgar Tennis Club to the students and teachers.

Details of the consultation process and  proposed concept designs which will form part of the design brief for the new playground can be viewed by clicking here.

The new playground will be tendered over the summer months with construction anticipated to start in autumn 2017.
Please feel free to comment on the proposals by e-mail: parks@dublincity.ie

Dublin Tree Canopy Study

University College Dublin’s School of Geography have issued the final report of the Dublin Tree Canopy Study , which was prepared for Dublin City Council , South Dublin County Council , Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Fingal County Council and the Office of Public Works. The study objectives were to evaluate the total tree canopy coverage for County Dublin , estimate the canopy coverage in public ownership ,compare Dublin’s tree canopy coverage to other cities internationally and estimate environmental services provided by the tree canopy.

Please click here to download a copy of the Dublin Tree Canopy Study (PDF 5MB)

Temple Bar Public Realm Plan (Draft)

Please click here to view the Temple Bar Public Realm Plan (Draft)

Playground Renewal at Broc Cottages, Herbert Park

Please click here to see the proposed layout of Upgraded Playground in Herbert Park.  The playground has been designed by Play and  Leisure Services, a  company with expertise in this area and was selected following a competitive tender process.

The play area will comprise of play elements to meet the needs of 2 to 7 year olds including a broad range of play equipment,  seats and picnic benches. The surfacing has been designed to meet child safety requirements and will include play grade chippings, grass,  grass rubber matting to  maximise the play potential of the  site.

It is anticipated that works will commence in the next six to eight weeks. For further information please e-mail: parks@dublincity.ie or Tel: 01-2225278.

Draft Report: Herbert Park, Conservation  and Management Plan

Parks Services commissioned Howley Hayes Conservation Architects to undertake a Conservation and Management Plan for Herbert Park.

Comments are welcomed and may be forwarded to Parks Services by e-mail: parks@dublincity.ie


Draft Report: MERRION BATHS, Sandymount Strand

Parks Services commissioned Frank Keohane, Architectural Historian, to undertake a Conservation Study of the Merrion Baths located on Sandymount Strand.

Comments are welcomed and may be forwarded to Parks Services, e-mail: parks@dublincity.ie


Conservation & Management Plan for Sandymount Green

See below copy of the Conservation & Management Plan for Sandymount Green undertaken  by Grade 1 Conservation Architects  Howley Hayes Architects and presented by Leslie Moore, City Parks Superintendent,  to the May meeting of the South East Area Committee, Dublin City Council.
Any comments or observation on the report can be submitted to the Parks and Landscape Services Division by e-mailing parks@dublincity.ie

Sandymount Green Conservation & Management Plan

Liberties Greening Strategy

The Liberties Greening Strategy is a strategic document that builds on the policies and objectives
of the Liberties Local Area Plan. It is a strategy that seeks to improve the recreational and amenity
resource for the community, while focusing specifically on projects that have a realistic chance of being
implemented in the medium term.

Click here to see the Liberties Greening Strategy

Sandymount Green Conservation Study

As part of Dublin City Council’s consultation project for the study on the Green, Fergal McNamara of Howley Hayes Conservation Architects made a presentation of their draft proposals at a public meeting in Scoil Mhuire, Sandymount on the 26th November 2014

Citizen Science in the City:  Amphibian and Reptile Surveying at North Bull Island UNESCO Biosphere

This spring and summer, local volunteers with the Herpetological Society of Ireland have found the common lizard at North Bull Island UNESCO Biosphere - after a lack of records for 20 years!  This exciting discovery has spawned (excuse the pun) a full survey for lizards, frogs and newts on the Island.  The survey is funded by Dublin City Council Parks Services under the Management Plan for the Island. To read more about how the survey is going, click hereTo download the Management Plan, click here.

Mountjoy Square Park – Conservation Plan & Historic Landscape Study

Mountjoy Square Park – Conservation Plan & Historic Landscape Study image
The Conservation Plan and Historic Landscape Study for Mountjoy Square Park is now available for download below. Mountjoy Square is one of Dublin’s five historic Georgian period (1714-1830) squares. Over 200 years of history has seen the park transformed from a restricted keyholders garden to a city park and this study examines this change, its significance today and the opportunity for historic landscape restoration. The study was commissioned by the Parks and Landscape Services and the Mountjoy Square Society. It was prepared by Howley Hayes Architects with Dermot Foley Landscape Architects and Aecom. Comments on the study findings are welcome.

Pictures of recently installed  outdoor gym equipment along Sandymount Promenade

Image of outdoor gym equipment along Sandymount Promenade 1Image of outdoor gym equipment along Sandymount Promenade 2Image of outdoor gym equipment along Sandymount Promenade 3

It is anticipated  that the  equipment installed along the seafront will be enjoyed by  the general public and the local community and form part of their  exercise regime.


Merrion Square Park – Conservation and Management Plan

The Conservation & Management Plan for Merrion Square Park was launched by former Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn on the 13th May 2014 at the Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square. The report outlines the detailed history and the cultural significance of the park and also makes recommendation on it’s future management.

Cover Page

Table of Contents

Summary and Conclusions

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7


Parks Services welcomes  any comments from the public on the report and the proposals and recommendations outlined therein. Comments may be forwarded to Park Services at parks@dublincity.ie and marked for the attention of the City Parks Superintendent.

Following an initial site meeting held in Ranelagh Gardens Park on the 30th October 2013 to discuss measures which could be undertaken to improve the public’s enjoyment of the park a follow up meeting was held in the Ranelagh Arts Centre on  the 20th February 2014.

A Presentation  was made by Parks Services at the meeting of Draft Concepts for improving the park. To view the presentation please click here, to view the minutes of the meeting click here. A Liaison Group was also appointed at the meeting  to progress the Draft Concepts and future meetings will be held over the coming months with a view to making a presentation to another public meeting in approximately 3 months.

Biodiversity Events

If there are any comments you wish to make on the draft concepts please forward them to parks@dublincity.ie

Upgrading of St. Patrick’s  Park Playground:

Art in Parks

As part of Park Services works programme  it is proposed to upgrade the playground in St. Patrick’s  Park. The upgrading has now been tendered and it is proposed to undertake the upgrading  commencing late February  with an anticipated four to six week build period.

A new guide on sculpture within parks is now available for download. The guide was prepared by Park Services and the Arts Office and tells the story behind the sculpture, the artist and the parks in which they are located. Over 30 pieces of sculpture created by Irish and international artists are available to visit in 22 parks within the City. A range of styles and themes are presented from commemoration of historical personalities to abstract forms. Feedback from the public on the guide is welcome.

Click here to view the lay out of the proposed upgraded playground

Art in Parks image

Click here to read report submitted to the January meeting of the South East Area Committee.

Upgrading of Merrion Square Park Playground:

As part of Park Services works programme  it is proposed to upgrade the playground in Merrion Square Park. The upgrading has now been procured and it is proposed to undertake the upgrading  commencing late February/ early March 2014 with an anticipated  six to eight week build period.

Click here to view the lay out of the proposed upgraded playground.

Click here to read report submitted to the January meeting of the South East Area Committee.

Click here to read  text of the ‘Selfish Giant’ by Oscar Wilde

Park Services  welcome the co-operation of the public during the  construction phase of the works and apologise for any inconvenience caused  during  this stage.

If you have any queries please contact Park Services at e-mail: parks@dublincity.ie

Street Tree Works 2014

During the summer of 2013 Parks Services commissioned a survey to be undertaken  of the street trees on the following roads in the South East Area.

Street 1 – Cowper Road, Dublin 6.

Street 2 – Palmerston Road, Dublin 6.

Street 3 – Orwell Park Road, Dublin 6

Street 4 – Merrion Road, Dublin 4

Street 5 – Northumberland Road, Dublin 4

Street 6 – Eglin Road, Dublin 4

Street 7 – Clyde road, Dublin 4

Street 8 – Raglan Road, Dublin 4

Street 9 – Morehampton Road, Dublin 4

Street 10 – Waterloo Road, Dublin 4

Street 11 – Holyrood Park, Dublin 4.

The roads were selected based on the age profile, maturity of tree species and historic problems associated with the trees on these roads. The  arborist’s report recommended that various works be undertaken on a priority basis and quotations were sought to undertake Priority 1 & 2 works on the various roads.
Report to the January meeting of the South East Area Committee.

Schedule of works to be undertaken, including the location of the trees  to be felled ( approx 5% of the total number of street trees on these streets ).


Sheet 1 Cowper & Palmerston Roads.pdf

Sheet 2 Cowper & Palmerston Roads 2.pdf

Sheet 3 Orwell Park Road.pdf

Sheet 4 Northumberland Road.pdf

Sheet 5 Northumberland -Pembroke-Elgin-Raglan-Waterloo- Clyde Roads.pdf

Sheet 6 Morehampton-Clyde-Waterloo-Raglan Roads.pdf

Sheet 7 Morehampton Road.pdf

Sheet 8 Merrion Road - Holyrood Park.pdf

Sheet 9 Merrion Road.pdf

Sheet 10 Merrion Road 148 to 202.pdf

Sheet 11 Merrion Road 164 to 280 .pdf

Click here  to see copy of arborist’s report.
It is proposed that, where possible, in keeping with Park’s Policy that street trees will be replaced with appropriate  tree species.

Neagh Road Park Redevelopment

Neagh Road Park will be closed from 6th December for a period of 2 weeks to facilitate the commencement of the first stage of redevelopment works. This first phase of work will involve the removal of an area of tarmac to create a new lawn area, as outlined on the plan. Parks and Landscape Services apologise for any inconvenience this may cause during this time.

Neagh Road Park Redevelopment map image  

Forest Family Fun Day September 2013

Fun for all the family at Forest Family Fun Day took place on Sunday 15th September 2013 from 12pm to 4pm at Hell Fire Club Car Park, Co. Dublin. For full details please click here.


Free guided walks in the Dublin Mountains 

Each month The Dublin Mountains Partnership run up to four free guided walks in the Dublin Mountains. The Dublin Mountains Partnership or DMP was set up in May 2008 with the ultimate aim of improving the recreational experience for users of the Dublin Mountains, whilst recognising the objectives and constraints of its various landowners. 

The partner organisations involved are Coillte, South Dublin County Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Dublin City Council, National Parks and Wildlife Services and the Dublin Mountains Initiative, an umbrella group representing the recreation users of the Dublin Mountains. 

The establishment of the DMP addresses the key need to manage the area as an integrated entity and also provides for commitments on funding and resources to underpin the DMP’s work. While the long term strategy is to manage recreation in the Dublin Mountains on a more sustainable basis, the DMP’s Action Plan is already underway. Work has commenced on a range of other initiatives including the provision of new and upgraded trails, improved signage and the preparation of a custom DMP map. 

Their free guided walks are lead by DMP Volunteer Rangers and are for all abilities. A beginners hike would be 4km hike to the Hell Fire Club, a moderate walk would be 10kms from Tibradden to Fairy Castle and a strenuous walk would be 15kms to the highest point in the Dublin Mountains, Seahan at 647M. They advise people to wear walking boots and bring waterproof clothing. To book your place on a walk please go to their website www.dublinmountains.ie


Chinese Garden St. Anne's Park

Photo of Chinese Garden in St. Anne's Park     Photo of Chinese Garden in St. Anne's Park     Photo of Chinese Garden in St. Anne's Park

St Anne’s Park was delighted to announce that it is now the permanent home of the Irish Suzhou Garden which was donated to the Irish Nation by the Peoples Republic of China and opened by the Chinese Ambassador on 4th February 2012.

The Garden is open for viewing from Monday to Thursday between the hours of 10am to 4pm and Friday from 10am to 1pm. The Suzhou Garden style has evolved for more than three thousand years, and includes both the vast gardens of the Chinese emperors and smaller gardens built by scholars, poets, and former government officials. The Chinese classical garden had multiple functions. It could be used for banquets, celebrations, reunions, or romance. It could be used to find solitude and for meditation. It was a calm place for painting, poetry, calligraphy, and music, and for studying classic texts. It was a place for drinking tea and for poet’s contemplation. It was a showcase to display the cultivation and aesthetic taste of the owner. But it also had a philosophical message as the Taoism view of life had a strong influence on the classical garden lay out.
The placement of Chinese classical gardens into their environment traditionally is vital for its success, so following classical directions great thought was put towards to its placement within the City. The model garden area in St. Anne’s was found to be the perfect sheltered home allowing it to borrow adjoining landscape features following the Chinese tradition.  As a result the garden has gently harmonized with the Parks existing Mature Pines that peer over the boundary wall and Bamboo peep through the ornamental doors, a backdrop readymade and waiting for the Garden to arrive.  Finally the setting is completed by the historical clock tower overlooking the garden providing a beautiful historical reference to the beginnings of St Anne’s.
Dublin City Council are delighted to have St Anne’s park as the home for this beautiful  Garden and we have no doubt that it will provide pleasure and delight to anyone who visits the calm gentle atmosphere that is the Irish Suzhou Garden.


Tree Trails LaunchThree new Tree Trails

Dublin City Council announced three new tree trails in city parks as part of National Tree Week.

The new trails are located at Albert College Park, Glasnevin; Herbert Park, Ballsbridge and Lansdowne Valley Park Inchicore. Lord Mayor Andrew Montague opened the Albert College Tree Trail on Monday 5th March. The Herbert Park Tree Trail also opened as part of National Tree Week with Lansdowne Valley Park to follow later this spring.

This brings to seven the number of Tree Trails the council’s Parks and Landscape Services Division now provides. The trails are a great way to explore nature and some of the best recreational amenities the city has to offer. Guides for the trails are on our Trees in the City page 


Ireland’s Second National Biodiversity Plan, Actions for 2011-2016

Ireland’s Second National Biodiversity Plan, Actions for 2011-2016 was launched in November 2011. It contains a Vision Statement, Strategy and specific Actions to be completed by 2016. It can be viewed by clicking here.

Dublin City Council continues to progress these Actions and to support and promote Biodiversity through all of its services and policies, in accordance with the National Plan, the DCC Biodiversity Action Plan 2008-2012 and the Dublin City Development Plan 2011-2017. Dublin City Council has had an officer for Biodiversity since 2005. 

The designated officer for Biodiversity since 2009 is Maryann Harris, Parks and Landscape Services Division, contact 222-3806 or by email:  biodiversity@dublincity.ie
 For further information on Biodiversity in Dublin City, please click here.


Dublin City Council’s role in historic recording of salmon in Tolka

Juvenile wild Atlantic salmon have been recorded in three locations in the River Tolka for the first time in well over one hundred years. This is thanks to the Tolka Flood Relief Scheme which was carried out by the Office of Public Works, Dublin City Council and Meath and Fingal County Councils. Photo of one of the new ponds under construction at Cardiffdsbridge

The scheme improved water quality and removed or modified a number of man-made weirs which opened the river up to migrating fish stocks and this has resulted in the historic recording of wild salmon in the Tolka at Glasnevin, Finglas and all the way upstream to the Tolka’s headwaters in Dunboyne.

The salmon’s habitat will be further improved by the Inland Fisheries Ireland enhancement plan that Dublin City Council is implementing at Tolka Valley Park, Cardiffsbridge. Once complete, there will be a new linear park along the Tolka River at the Pelletstown area which will include the improvement of fish habitat and the control of invasive species including Giant Hogweed. Photo of one of the new ponds under construction at Cardiffdsbridge

The regional park includes new planting of thousands of trees and shrubs and will provide a continuous cycle and walking route along the River from Ashtown to Glasnevin, with partial funding from the National Transport Authority.


           Photo of Cardiffsbridge Park Plan 


Bushy Park Masterplan Update

Dublin City Council Parks Department commissioned MosArt to prepare a Landscape Masterplan and Management & Development Plan to ‘identify management, maintenance, development and landscape design objectives’ for Bushy Park. The brief required a set of consolidated guidance documents to provide the direction for future design and management decisions relating to the Park. The project was divided into two stages with the first one being a combination of professional evaluation and public consultation. The second stage was the development of design and management objectives based on the findings of stage one.  

MosArt recently presented their Landscape Masterplan to the South Central Area Committee. Download the presentation or read more about Bushy Park.


Guidelines for Open Space and Landscape Development Works

The Parks and Landscapes Services Division of Dublin City Council have issued general guidelines for the development of open space to ensure quality standards are met. Persons preparing planning applications, including landscape professionals, should be aware of the specific European and national standards relating to open space and landscape development works. Read the guidelines