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Wildlife already flocking to Dublin's newest park
Wednesday, 14th July 2010: The Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr. Gerry Breen was joined by local residents and children when he cut the ribbon to open Dublin City Council’s newest park and playground today at the redeveloped Phase 1 of Poppintree Park, Ballymun. The new €8 million park contains a wildlife pond that has already attracted ducks and water hens, wildflower gardens blooming with colourful buttercups, oxide daisy, lavender and cowparsley, several walkways and a tree trail. The new playground for 3-12 year olds contains timber framed play equipment and mostly natural bark and grass surfaces to complement the surrounding wildlife themed park. The Park was provided by Ballymun Regeneration Ltd as part of the regeneration programme and will be managed and maintained by Dublin City Council.
“This is a people’s park and I haven’t seen anything like it in Dublin; it is a wildlife and wildflower park where everything looks and feels at one with nature and you could be forgiven for thinking that you’re in the heart of the countryside it is so natural and peaceful. With its location in the centre of several communities and housing developments, I am certain that this new Poppintree Park will be full of walkers, dog walkers, families and children from now on and that the local community here will have great pride in it,” says the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Gerry Breen.
“We have provided this fantastic new Poppintree Park and playground for the community living around it and in the wider area to enjoy, where they can go for a healthy walk or run, for some quiet space to sit and read a book or watch the ducks and take in the wildflower scenery and where children can play in a safe environment,” says Ciaran Murray, Managing Director, Ballymun Regeneration Ltd. “It is a great achievement to see the new completed park. It was a key element of the Ballymun Regeneration Masterplan and I pay tribute to all who worked on its design and construction and to the local community for their patience and co-operation.”
As well as being a beautiful feature of the park, the pond acts as a drainage system for rainwater on road surfaces in the local area. It also contains a small wildlife island in its centre to encourage wildlife and already ducks and water hens have taken up residence. In addition, there are three attenuation areas that will act as flood plains, filling up as ponds to enhance the park further, if heavy rainfall occurs.
The new park is linked to the playing pitches that form the remainder of the original 45 acre Poppintree Park and today’s opening marks the completion of Phase 1 of the redevelopment of Poppintree Park as outlined in the Ballymun Regeneration Ltd Masterplan.
Nobody has been forgotten in the design and planning of Poppintree Park; the walkways and entrances are fully accessible and the playground includes a number of exercise and play furniture for younger people with disabilities.
The new Poppintree Park and Playground opens at 10am seven days a week. It is open until 10pm in July and until 9.30pm in August. Details of other closing times throughout the year are displayed in the park.
Features of the new Poppintree park:
- Tree trail detailing 15 species of native trees for adults and younger people to enjoy and learn
- 286 new trees including Cherry, Birch and Apple
- 14,889 shrubs and hedging
- 35,269 plants
- Wildlife pond and attenuation ponds
- Playground for 3-12 year olds containing windpipes, swings, climbing nets and frames, slides and a wheelchair carousel
- Fully accessible for people with disabilities
- Extensive seating
- 5 new entrance gates have been provided, at Barnewall Drive, Belclare Crescent, Belclare Drive, Cedarwood Green and Willow Park Road
- CCTV cameras with 24-hour surveillance