Weaver Park opens on Dublin’s Cork Street
On Monday 2nd October, 2017 at 11 a.m. Ardmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath Míchéal Mac Donncha officially opens Weaver Park, Cork Street, Dublin 8. Weaver Park is situated in the heart of the Liberties 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 2017, as part of the Liberties Greening Strategy. This area of the City is attracting a mix of new residents and this neighbourhood park is a place that provides a meeting space of new and existing residents of Dublin’s exciting quarter for living and working.
The new 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.
Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha said “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. I would like to congratulate Dublin City Councils Parks and Landscape Services Division and the South Central Area Office together with Ait Urbanism Landscape Ltd and Bracegrade Ltd who designed and constructed this amenity. 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. Molaim gach duine a bhí páirteach leis an pháirc nua seo a fhorbairt, áis iontach don phobal.”
The park creates 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 Councils ambition to ensure that every community has access to a quality park. The collaborative design of the park with the community has also set a new standard for contemporary urban park design which will ensure that the park accomodates local recreational needs" said Leslie Moore, Head of Parks Services, Dublin City Council.
Area Manager Peter Finnegan remarked “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.”
Photographs will be circulated to picture desks on the day by Fennell Photography
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Notes to the Editor:
The designation of the site for a public park was the result of the re-zoning, by local councillors, of the former site of Chamber Court and Weaver’s Court flat complex. The strong desire in the local community for a public park strengthened the determination of local Councillors. The planning and design of the Park was informed by an unprecedented partnership consultation process with the community. The collaborative development of the Park ensures community ownership that will secure community care and respect of this open Park.
Weaver Park was developed and managed by Leslie Moore, City Parks Superintendant and Peter Leonard, Senior Executive Landscape Architect, Parks and Landscape Services Division in partnership with Bruce Phillips, Assistant Area Manager and David Healy, Administrative Officer, South Central Area.
Ait Urbanism Landscape Ltd. designed this new amenity and it was constructed by Bracegrade Ltd. The park is part of Dublin City Council’s long-term plan for The Liberties, Dublin’s most historic neighbourhood. The plan will develop key sites and opportunities to improve the Liberties infrastructure and public spaces. This is an essential part of the social and economic regeneration of the Dublin’s Liberties.