Blueprint for €500k skate park at Le Fanu rolled out

By Maurice Garvey

PLANS for the new €500,000 skate park in Ballyfermot have been lodged by Dublin City Council.

The Matheson Foundation and Dublin City Council (DCC) are co-funding the flagship project, in partnership with the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF).

Le Fanu Pk play park site

The site is located in Le Fanu Park, between the junctions with Le Fanu Road and Blackditch Road, adjacent to Ballyfermot Leisure Centre.

London architect firm Relational Urbanism was awarded first place in an international competition to design the skate park.

The UK firm received the opportunity after an extensive process which saw design teams from around the world submit their proposals for the innovative Le Fanu Park project.

Working with over 360 local people over the last two years, the IAF and DCC met residents to shape and design the project, and to provide a top-class facility for young people in the community.

Plans submitted by Dublin City Council contain proposals to construct a new skateboard park and play areas, including ancillary works in Le Fanu Park.

Proposed works are the provision of a new skateboard bowl consisting of a concrete skate plaza, skate bowls and skate transition area.

The project includes fencing, grass mounding, pedestrian paths and bicycle stands with provision of CCTV and public lighting, in addition to play areas.

Works allow for excavation, earthworks, drainage and extensive planting. Plans and particulars of the proposed development may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable.

Last date for observations on the planning application are December 7.

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