Our public parks and green spaces continue to be of huge importance to inner city families, given the limited outside space at our own homes. The Phoenix Park, Arbour Hill Church grounds, Grangegorman, Thor Place and Halliday Square Park in the Stoneybatter area have become even more of a lifeline to our families, especially during these days of Covid19 restrictions. Indeed, other public spaces have become invaluable too – those like the Croppies Acre along the Quays, for example.
While these public spaces are welcome, families with younger kids need greater play areas with dedicated equipment in a safe environment. Currently, the north-west inner city, only Ormond Square and the Peoples’ Gardens in the Phoenix Park have a proper playground. I am working to improve that with a view to the installation and development of a junior playground in the Croppies Acre, alongside the Civil Defence HQ.
Today, I put this proposal to the Parks Department of Dublin City Council. I am pleased to report that officials believe:
“the Croppies Acre is a very visible and could accommodate a junior playground”
Furthermore, the Council can now examine whether such a playground can be facilitated. Over the coming weeks, I will look to work with the Parks Department to identify the cost and seek to prepare a feasibility plan for a dedicated play area and purpose built playground that could potentially serve young families living in the Stoneybatter, Arbour Hill, Montpelier and Infirmary Road areas.
Fine Gael Councillor - North Inner City
Leader, Fine Gael, Dublin City Council
Chair, Urban Form & Planning Strategic Policy Committee