Controversial €25m inner city rafting centre takes a step forward

by Rachel Darcy

Dublin City Council has invited contractors to express their interest in developing a White Water Rafting centre on George’s Dock.

The invitation for expressions of interest from contractors is the first stage in the public procurement process, with Dublin City Council estimating that stage one of this process will take approximately four months to complete.

Plans for the centre have been met with criticism, particularly due to both its location and the timing of the project during a housing crisis. The project was approved by councillors on the council in 2019.

The contract tender, as listed on the eTenders website, says the facility will compromise a white water rafting course, swift water rescue training centre, and a kayaking and canoe polo pool.

It is expected to be open for use by the public, as well as being used by Dublin Fire Brigade and other emergency services for training.

Recently, former Tanaiste, Senator Michael McDowell, slammed the project as a a ‘vanity project’ that is ‘a waste of time’ and ‘a waste of money’.

Dublin City Council recently wrote to elected members to say some ‘commentary’ on the project has been ‘especially hostile’, as reported by The Journal.

It is anticipated the centre may cost up to €25 million to develop, as revealed in contract tenders by the council, despite an initial estimate for the centre being an estimated €12 million.

Funding for the centre is expected to be sourced through several streams, including sports development grants.

It is understood that the anticipated start for works on the centre will be later this year.

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