20 acre town park including playground officially opens in Lusk!

by Rose Barrett
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On Friday last, Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Adrian Henchy (FF) officially opened Rathmore Park, a wonderful new Town Park for Lusk. Entailing a 7.5 hectare (20 acre) facility, the park is located on the Rathmore Road within easy walking and cycling to the centre of Lusk.

This magnificent new amenity is situated close to residential areas and local schools – making it very accessible to the local community.

Mayor Henchy was joined at the opening by CE AnnMarie Farrelly, local Councillors Paul Mulville and Robert O’Donoghue, Sean and Charles Reilly from developer McGarrell Reilly and representatives of the local community.

The park has been carefully planned in collaboration with Fingal County Council and developed in combination with equally high-quality housing and related community infrastructure. It showcases good “green Infrastructure planning” and development management by the Council and is located to take advantage of public transport and active travel links. It benefits from specially planned sustainable urban drainage SuDS areas and climate resilient design.

Playground, playtrail, sports pitches, running track, etc

The park features a high-quality playground as well as a play trail, two full sized grass sports pitches, a jogging/sprint track, seating, extensive areas of tree planting and wildflower meadows. The park has amenities attractive to all ages and will appeal to local sports clubs and people involved in both formal and informal outdoor activities.

Rathmore Park has been provided by the developer McGarrell Reilly to meet open space requirements of new residential developments and the recreational needs of a vibrant local community. Ownership of the site has recently transferred to the Council as a public park.

Mayor of Fingal Cllr Adrian Henchy commented: “I’m delighted to open Rathmore Park as the new Town Park for Lusk. The completed park clearly demonstrates Fingal’s continuing commitment to the provision of high-quality open space amenities. I can see this becoming a hub of activity for the local community of all ages.”

Fingal CE AnnMarie Farrelly said: “I’d like to commend all involved in the delivery of this park and playground, it is a wonderful amenity for the community of Lusk.”

Friday’s opening represents a major milestone in the development of this park, with Fingal CC continuing to work in collaboration with the Lusk Community Sport Group (LCSG) towards the provision of the Rathmore Recreational Hub which the council is aiming to bring through the statutory planning process in the coming months.

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