A petition has been launched to ‘save the Iveagh Gardens’ in Dublin City as the construction of the National Children’s Science Museum is set to begin.
The museum, aimed primarily at children aged four to 15, is set to be built on the east side of the Iveagh Gardens at the National Concert Hall on Earlsfort Terrace.
In 2016 An Bord Pleanála granted planning permission for the €37m project at the protected site which was given to the people of Ireland by the 2nd Earl of Iveagh.
The petition calls on the Office of Public Works to conserve “the unique city centre park, which has remained largely unaltered since its layout by the landscape architect Ninian Niven.”‘
The petition already has more than 43,000 signatures. It claims the four-storey building will visually impact on the gardens “to such an extent that the unique nineteenth-century walled garden character will be destroyed forever”.
The National Children’s Museum is set to hold over 200 purpose-built exhibits including a planetarium with a 15-metre dome and seating for 200 people.