Playground mooted for Inchicore?

Article Posted: Wednesday 5th November, 2008

Dublin city council has indicated it may erect a "temporary" playground for young children in the area pending the redevelopment of the park in Grattan Crescent.
Local people have been pushing for some time to have a playground built in the village or near it. Inchicore is drastically underprovided with facilities for children and other young people, with the nearest decent playground to be found in far-off Phoenix Park.
Initially, the council seemed amenable to the provision of a playground in Grattan Crescent, where the existing park is little used and to some extent an eyesore.
However, it sought to link this to the development of the surrounding area with apartments and the creation of a linear walk along the Camac towards Kilmainham Jail.
While the latter two projects have their merits, they are unlikely to be realised for some years to come, given the current economic climate and the complexities of land ownership, etc. As a result, it could also take years for a playground to be provided.
Thankfully, after concerned local residents made their feelings known in the issue, the council now says it is considering providing a temporary playground until the park is properly development.
A number of sites are being considered, including the park itself and sites in the CIE Estate.