Proposals for more seating and picnic tables in parks

By Aimee Walsh

THERE are proposals for more seating and picnic tables to be put into local parks for people to enjoy whilst Covid-19 restrictions are ongoing.

At the April South Dublin County Council meeting, the council confirmed that there are proposals for 16 new benches and 19 upgrades and replacements to benches that are currently in the parks across the county.

Corkagh Pk Benches 19 1

Seating in Corkagh Park

There are also three picnic tables and two wheelchair accessible seats for Waterstown Park.

The Public Realm said there will be two new benches and five upgrades for Rathfarnham in addition to the five benches that were added in 2020.

There will be eight new benches for Tymon Park, four new benches in Greentrees Park and two new benches in Kilnamanagh Estate Park.

The council confirmed that nine benches will be upgraded or replaced in Sean Walsh Park and five will be upgraded or replaced in Dodder Valley Park.

It’s expected that the works on the benches and picnic tables will happen this year but may be delayed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

All of the benches will be made by South Dublin County Council staff and are a new type of bench that they are rolling out across the county.

The council added that the seating and picnic tables are provided from the revenue budget and central funding for park seating and picnic benches is not a directly funded item however, funding may come from other projects.

The process for provision of new facilities includes risk assessment - and sometimes - by placing furniture on a trial basis as well as a survey examining the existing, proposed and intended uses in the particular area.

They also said that because of the restrictions surrounding Covid-19, the placement of the benches and picnic tales have to take cognisance of social distancing and proposed locations can be considered by input from members of the public, residents associations and other stakeholders.

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