Phase one of €6m Investment begins

by Rose Barrett
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Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Howard Mahony opened three public amenities in Swords this week, namely, the first phase of Swords Regional Park in Oldtown, Swords Archaeological Park in Miller’s Glen and Ward River Recreational Hub in Rivervalley, writes Rose Barrett.

The Mayor was accompanied by Minister for Housing, Local Government & Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, and the Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, AnnMarie Farrelly, at the first two openings and later joined by Minister for State at the Department of Transport, Jack Chambers TD, and the CE of Dublin Airport, Vincent Harrison, at the opening of the Ward River Recreational Hub which was funded by the council and the daa.

The three projects represent an investment of €6m in the county capital. Mayor Mahony said: “The parks and outdoor sports and play facilities we opened today clearly demonstrate Fingal’s continuing commitment to the provision of high-quality open space amenities.  These parks have been carefully planned and developed in combination with equally high-quality housing and related community infrastructure.”

The 20 acre park at Oldtown represents phase one of the Swords Regional Park which will eventually develop into a major new park  extending to more than 250 acres along the banks of the Broadmeadow River between Miller’s Glen and Lissenhall and linking to  the Estuary stop on the proposed MetroLink. 

The nine acre Rathbeal Archaeological Park in Miller’s Glen brings to 40 per cent the amount of public open space in Fingal that is located in designated heritage landscapes. Evidence of human activity in the park goes back as far as the early Neolithic period, almost 4,000 years BC.

The Ward River Regional Park Recreational Hub is part of the 200 acre Ward River Regional Park and features newly developed grass pitches as well as a Third Generation all-weather sports pitch with innovative LED floodlighting. 

The new car parking provided as part of the Hub will also benefit general park users and provides a foretaste of the improvements to the park which will be included in the Ward River Regional Park Development Masterplan which will be the subject of public consultation and a planning application later this year.

The Ward River Recreational Hub represents a new direction for the council which is now pioneering the provision of 14 Recreational Hubs to address the need for high quality public sports facilities across the County. Recreational Hubs include high specification, well serviced sports facilities designed for high intensity use, catering for a range of sporting codes and located so that they facilitate ease of access with good connectivity via active travel and sustainable transport infrastructure. 

Proximity to primary and post primary schools is also a factor in determining the optimum location for these facilities.  The intensification of use in these sports hubs is achieved by the inclusion of professionally designed and constructed grass pitches and all-weather sports pitches which are floodlit and available for evening use when demand, particularly for training activity is high. 

PHOTO – Swords Regional Park Phase 1

Pic Orla Murray Coalesce

Click on link to read more in this weeks Digital Edition Dublin Gazette – Digital Edition – March 9, 2023 %


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