Following councilors’ approval, reported in the Fingal Independent last week, Fingal County Council confirmed the start of the formal planning process for a new playground and picnic area in a woodland setting at the Garristown Library.
Fingal County Council is pleased to announce the start of the formal planning process for the proposed public play space at the Garristown Library in Garristown, County Dublin.
The project led by the Council’s Parks and Green Infrastructure Division aims to “achieve consensus with stakeholders to deliver a vision for the sustainable development of a public play space at the Garristown Library that is sensitive and reflects the cultural heritage of the site ”.
The proposed play and leisure space to the east and south of the library will provide a range of play opportunities for Garristown children in a natural woodland setting with seating provided for parents and caregivers .
Arrangements will also be made for passive recreation, picnics and outdoor activities in the classroom.
A key consideration of the project has been the visual relationship between the Church of the Assumption and the library which together form a centerpiece of the village.
The resulting proposal is one that will improve and enhance the entrance to the library while respecting and complementing the local context of the site.
The public space will be divided into three distinct elements providing an area that can not only be used by library users, but also by the Garristown furling community.
The zone begins with the space of the entrance plaza. According to the local authority: “A sensitive architectural approach has been taken in the proposals for improving the landscape at the entrance to the Carnegie Library which respects the relationship between the library and the Church of the Assumption.
“Granite paving, embellished with thematic engravings, will lead users to the entrance to the library and to the play area. The entry area will include hardwood seats, behind which a bed of High-quality, pollinator-friendly plantation will be established to provide visual and sensory elements. interest.
“The existing Ogham Stone will be retained and its surroundings will be enhanced with lawn improvements, seasonal bulb plantings and decorative stepping stones inviting visitors to approach the Ogham Stone.”
There will also be a picnic area and sculpted lawn to the south of the south facade of the library. This is intended to be a versatile space that will facilitate casual play and moments of contemplation as desired.
A large picnic bench to the west of this space will provide outdoor classroom activities for visiting school groups.
In the center, a low profile carved relief, incorporating logs for balance and walking, will complement and connect the Woodland Play Garden.
This area will feature seasonal bulbs at the south end to bring color and pollinators to the space throughout the year and a circular bench around the existing large tree will provide another opportunity for the whole community to relax. and enjoy the space.
The space will also provide a woodland themed play garden that will suit a wide age range with opportunities for adventurous, stimulating and social play in a natural setting.
The elevated Play Trail integrating existing pine trunks will promote balance, motor skills and climbing with a series of ropes, slides and climbing walls.
An accessible swing and set of swings will allow children of varying abilities to enjoy this activity together and a bespoke sculpture and complementary carved wooden elements based on Irish mythology will ignite the imagination
The engagement of stakeholders and the public is at the heart of the project. While developing the proposals, consultation meetings were held with representatives of the Garristown community during which preliminary proposals for the public play space were presented.
As a result of the consultation meetings, the comments and comments received have been taken into account and are reflected in the current proposal.
According to the local authority: “The public play space project at the Garristown Library will create a unique play space for the children of Garristown and provide a space for the whole community to enjoy.
“Building on the successful community consultation held to date, the Commission encourages comments on the proposal during the September 14 to October 12 submission period, as detailed in the Part 8 planning request available at address: consult.fingal.ie.
Fingal Mayor Cllr Seána Ó Rodaigh said of the project: “The imaginative design of the play space will provide a wonderful and accessible place for outdoor fun for the children of Garristown and I am delighted to see it. reach part 8 of the process. . “
Fingal Chief Executive Officer AnnMarie Farrelly said: “I am delighted to see the Garristown Public Play Space reach the formal planning stage and Council welcomes the continued public engagement.
“This outdoor recreation and community facility is designed to be accessible to various abilities and is sensitive to the existing heritage and biodiversity of the site.”