Update given on creation of new Rogerstown Park
THE major civil engineering works to turn the site of the former Balleally Landfill site into the beautiful new Rogerstown Park amenity will be completed this spring but it there is no definitive date on when the public will finally be able to enjoy the new facility which will have some of the finest views of Fingal.
Cllr Paul Mulville (SD) asked the council to ‘provide a timeline for the public opening of Rogerstown Park (former Balleally landfill) and also the related provision of a pedestrian/ cycle link to Beaverstown, Donabate’.
In a written response, Fingal County Council explalined: ‘The full public opening of Rogerstown Park located in the former Balleally Landfill is contingent on the completion of some significant outstanding civil engineering works and on resolving the issue of access to the park from Rush along the northern boundary of the Rogerstown Estuary.’
The council report on the issue added: ‘It is expected that the remaining significant civil works will be completed in Spring of 2019.’
However, the local authority explained: ‘A feasibility study addressing the access to the park from Rush is due for completion in January and will be used to inform the brief for the park Master Plan.
‘The potential link from Donabate across the estuary will be examined as part of the Donabate to balbriggan Greenway project the design of which is currently out to tender.’
The council did offer some hope of earlier access for the public to the new park, saying: ‘The possibility of limited public access to the park interim to the resolution of the issues outlined above is under consideration by the Balleally Landfill Liaison Group in consultation with the relevant Council Departments.’
When completed, the park will be unrecognisable from its former existence as a landfill site.
The park will be enjoyed by communities surrounding Rogerstown Estuary like Rush and Donabate but will attracti visitors from all over North Fingal.
The high ground location of the new park will offer some stunning views of the surrounding landscape and will be a huge boon for the area.