‘ROGERSTOWN PARK’ PLAN UN­VEILED FOR BALLEALLY LAND­FILL

Fingal Independent - - NEWS - 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 said 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.

Work­ing in co-op­er­a­tion with the Balleally Li­ai­son Com­mit­tee, it em­barked on a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion process to gather lo­cal opin­ion on the shape of the park and this early draft of the mas­ter­plan for Rogerstown Park is the first peek at what the fa­cil­ity might look like.

The pro­posal is to di­vide the park into three zones. In Zone A, will in­clude wood­land walk­ways and will be con­nected to the Fin­gal coastal walk­way and cy­cle­way. Zone A will also have an ad­ven­ture play­ground and an adult fit­ness area as well as a pic­nic area and a bird­watch­ing fa­cil­ity.

Zone B in the pro­posed park in­cludes a vis­i­tor and ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre, a ‘rain gar­den’ wa­ter fea­ture, an ur­ban farm and graz­ing for wildlife.

Zone C will have a land sculp­ture and view­ing mound as well as a large area to host pub­lic events.

The park could open par­tially as early as next sum­mer but is likely to take at least a fur­ther year to be fully op­er­a­tional.

Cllr Ken Far­rell who is a mem­ber of the Balleally Li­ai­son Com­mit­tee, said the park would be ‘hugely ben­e­fi­cial’ to the area and said the site had the ‘best views in north County Dublin’.

He said the de­vel­op­ment was an op­por­tu­nity to see ‘some­thing that was per­ceived as a neg­a­tive in the area, be­com­ing some­thing very, very pos­i­tive for the area’.

Cllr Dar­ragh But­ler (FF) said the site and the plans for it were ‘sim­ply fan­tas­tic’ and said the park would be ‘ab­so­lutely spec­tac­u­lar’. Cllr Brian Den­nehy (FF) agreed and said the po­ten­tial for the project was ‘huge’. He said for the nearby town of Rush ‘with this and then Dru­managh on the other side, the fu­ture is look­ing very bright’.

Cllr Anne De­vitt (NP) said the peo­ple of Balleally de­served the new park be­cause as neigh­bours of the for­mer land­full they had ‘put up with a lot of trou­ble for decades’.

She said the park would be an­other ‘jewel’ in the crown of the coun­cil’s parks depart­ment.

Cllr David O’con­nor (NP) who is a stal­wart of the Fin­gal Walk­ing Group said the grouop had been up to the site on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions al­ready and the views from there were ‘just fab­u­lous’. He said the de­vel­op­ment was ‘hugely pos­i­tive’.

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

The nw Rogerstown Park will be de­vel­oped in three dif­fer­ent zones.

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