Former landfill dump to reopen as a public park

by Sylvia Pownall

A former landfill dump between Lusk and Rush has been transformed into a public amenity which is set to open before the end of the month.

The first phase of Rogerstown Park, which offers panoramic views of Fingal and overlooks a protected estuary, will be officially launched on Saturday, April 27.

Earlier this week, Fingal County Council shared a video on social media outlining the ground work that was needed to ‘recycle’ the land from a dumping ground to a public amenity.

The project, when completed, will cost in the region of €2 million, with a detailed restoration and aftercare master plan required to bring Balleally Landfill, which ceased operations in 2012, back into use.

The rehabilitation process required a number of management systems including capping to prevent issues with leachate (liquid waste leakage) and surface water drainage on the 120-acre site.

Rogerstown Park will initially open on a phased basis offering stunning walks with views across the estuary and beyond to Lambay Island, Portrane and Donabate.

The promotional video notes: “The estuary is made up of saltwater marshes, raised salt marsh, wet meadows and riverine shallows and creeks” with flora and fauna attracting wildlife, resident and migrating birds.

The upper section will be open to the public on Saturdays only from 9.30am to 5pm for the remainder of 2019.

Additional pathways will open next year, while phase three will see the park connect with an outer estuary walkway.

Once completed, the park will also include a network of woodland walkways and will link up with the Fingal coastal walkway and cycleway. An adventure playground is also in the pipeline along with a picnic area, a birdwatching facility.

Other innovative features of the park include a ‘rain garden’ water feature and a land sculpture as well as an area for holding public events.

Welcoming news of its impending opening, Senator Lorraine Clifford Lee (FF) said:

“This is huge news for all in Fingal but particularly those of us living in Donabate, Portrane, Rush and Lusk.

“Huge credit goes to those who worked so hard.”

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