South Dublin County finalist in Access City Award

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

South Dublin County has been shortlisted for the 2024 Access City Award for its accessible playspaces.  

The Access City Award recognises and celebrates cities that prioritise accessibility to improve quality-of-life, highlighting places throughout the European Union that are dedicated to removing barriers and creating truly accessible urban spaces for all.

South Dublin County was among five finalists selected for the 2024 Access City Award. The other locations were Łódź, in Poland, Saint-Quentin, in France, San Cristóbal de la Laguna, in Spain and Tübingen, in Germany.

The finalists were selected for demonstrating best practices and highlighting their commitment to ensure accessibility to urban life for all, including persons with disabilities and older citizens, including for built environment, public transport, facilities, and services, as well as information and communication technologies and services.

“This is a tremendous acknowledgement for South Dublin and I must commend all those involved in transforming our playspaces across the county to be accessible to all. I look forward to attending the awards ceremony to represent the people of South Dublin,” said the Mayor of South Dublin County, Councillor Alan Edge. 

Colm Ward, Chief Executive of South Dublin County Council, congratulated the staff and partners involved in our playspace programme, adding that notification of the shortlisting for was particularly welcome in advance of National Accessibility Week, starting on November 24.

National experts pre-selected 21 applications from 32 areas with five finalists shortlisted by an EU jury.   The 2024 Access City Award winners will be announced on December 1at an award ceremony during the European Day of Persons with Disabilities

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