‘ROGERSTOWN PARK’ PLAN UNVEILED FOR BALLEALLY LANDFILL
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.