FOR­MER DUMP TO TURN INTO SPEC­TAC­U­LAR PARK

BALLEALLY LAND­FILL TO BE­COME ‘ROGERSTOWN PARK’

Fingal Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By JOHN MAN­NING

EX­CIT­ING early plans for a unique new park for Fin­gal of­fer­ing some of the most spec­tac­u­lar views of the county have been un­veiled by Fin­gal County Coun­cil who in­tend to spend over €2 mil­lion over the next three years to trans­form the site that was once Balleally Land­fill into the newly named Rogerstown Park.

Af­ter an ex­ten­sive pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion process, the coun­cil has un­veiled a draft mas­ter­plan for the new park which se­nior parks su­per­in­ten­dent, Kevin Halpenny says of­fers ‘very dra­matic and panoramic views of the sur­round­ing land­scape’.

Balleally Land­fill ceased op­er­a­tions in 2012 and since then, the coun­cil has poured con­sid­er­able in­vest­ment into re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing the site in prepa­ra­tion for turn­ing it into park­land.

The park will in­clude wood­land walk­ways and will be con­nected to the Fin­gal coastal walk­way and cy­cle­way. It will have an ad­ven­ture play­ground and an adult fit­ness area as well as a pic­nic area and a bird­watch­ing fa­cil­ity. Other in­no­va­tive fea­tures of the park in­clude a ‘rain gar­den’ wa­ter fea­ture and a land sculp­ture as well as an area for hold­ing pub­lic events.

The for­mer Balleally land­fill is to be trans­formed into a unique new park.

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