It has been announced that construction on the proposed greenway between Cruagh Wood and Ballyogan Road will begin within the next couple of months.
The greenway is a pedestrian link that will also accommodate cyclists, wheelchair users and buggies etc. and “is designed to improved permeability and better access for pedestrian and cyclists in the area,” according to the council.
The objective of the greenway is to provide a safe “pedestrian/ cycle link for residents from the Cruagh Wood/Stepaside Park residential estates and the local communities around Stepaside Village area” to public transport, public amenities, local schools and the Samuel Beckett Civic Campus.
The greenway will start within Clay Farm, cross a flood plain before turning towards the boundary hedging at the council golf course and continuing on to Cruagh Wood.
The overall length of the four-metre wide pedestrian link will be 835m with 90m consisting of a boardwalk being elevated over the existing stream and flood plain.
The alternative journey distance by car, via Enniskerry Road, Kilgobbin Road and Ballyogan Road is roughly 3km.
Independent councillor Michael Fleming said the link will be a great asset to the community.
“The people of Stepaside welcome the greenway. The commuter distance will be shorter to the Luas and other public facilities.”
Cllr Fleming also said that the construction of the greenway will be put up for tender before construction begins in about two months.
He expects the build to take around six months and the link to be fully opened to the public in spring 2020.
The announcement of the greenway has also been warmly greeted by local residents online.
“Great news, we would very much welcome that,” said Heather Wiktorski.
“That’s a great idea development for the locals residents,” added Bartlomiej Talik.
Others are hoping that the greenway will be extended to Stepaside Park and the Park at Carrickmines.
“Stepaside Park link is not fully in the planning yet,” says Cllr Fleming, but it will happen “if the need is there for it.”