Liberties Park setting New Standards in Community Playspace
Dublin City Council this week officially opened Weaver Park– the culmination of concerted efforts by the local community including the ‘Cork Street Park Group’ and ‘Skate 8’ (working with Carson & Crushell Architects), who sought much-needed playspace for local children, teenagers and adults.
The Liberties Greening Strategy in 2014 highlighted that in the Liberties area there was only 0.7sqm of public green space per person, compared to a city-wide average of 49 sqm per person.
Weaver Park successfully provides a high-quality recreational outlet for local children, teenagers and adults alike. The 0.6 hectare park designed by Áit Urbanism & Landscape Ltd and constructed by Bracegrade incorporates play infrastructure to cater for all age groups, with climbing and slide structures as well as a skate bowl. In a new departure for city centre parks, Weaver Park is not fenced and will be open 24 hours, creating new ‘desire line’ pedestrian routes that are lit after dark. The rich heritage of the area is strongly reflected in the design with children’s play structure resembling the gable-fronted housing once occupying the site, and the entrance pergola paying homage to the area known historically as ‘The Tenters’ where local textile makers hung fabrics on wooden structures to dry and stretch.
Future Analytics Consulting Ltd is active in providing town planning services for high-quality community playspace, with notable success in assisting the Ashbourne Playspace Network to secure the Ashbourne Linear Park. FAC is presently working with Meath County Council on a Site Suitability Assessment for a new community and recreation facility at Johnstown in Navan.
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