Community praised for Glebe Park input
A proposal for an upgraded park in Balrothery is bring praised as a good example of a community working together with the council on a project to improve their locality.
The proposal for Glebe Park in Balrothery came before the Balbriggan/swords Area Committee last week where councillors were told the project would include new play facilities including a new children’s playground and Multi-use Games Area (MUGA) as well as adult exercise facilities.
The project also includes an improved path network as well as the upgrading of car park facilities and the a significant upgrading of the existing sports pitch as well as the development of a new pitch and tennis courts.
There was huge community engagement in the design of the project with 102 submissions from locals during an extensive public consultation process. The majority of those submissions were in support of the project and those who expressed concerns about the development pointed to worries about the archaeological impact of the project, access and egress to the car park and some locals believed the plans represented an over-development of the park. There was also calls to make the park universally accessible for people with disabilities.
the council moved to reassure locals on these and other concerns, saying that an archaeological report will be prepared for the site and its recommendations will be complied with, there will also be provision for better access to the car park on foot of those concerns and the need for universal access to the park would be a ‘guiding principle’ of the design.
The council said it did not believe this was an over-development of the park and the facility would make a ‘positive contribution’ to the area. Several local councillors praised the level of engagement from the community and the work of Balrothery Community Council and the county council’s parks division working together to realise the plan.
An illustration of the proposed Glebe Park in Balrothery.