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Tuesday 21 May 2019

Green Party urges the public to go 'wild' over Phoenix Park review

 

Simge Talug and Gizem Gunler, from Dublin, cycle in the Phoenix Park. Photo: Damien Eagers
Simge Talug and Gizem Gunler, from Dublin, cycle in the Phoenix Park. Photo: Damien Eagers

Allison Bray

Dublin's Phoenix Park should 'go back to nature' instead of being redeveloped as a tourist attraction, according to the Green Party.

The largest urban park in Europe, which began development in 1745, is set for a proposed transformation by the Office of Public Works (OPW).

Under its 'Draft Phoenix Park Visitor Experience Strategic Review', the park would be divided into five distinctive zones. Each zone would have a theme, such as history and heritage, activity and well-being, and identity and biodiversity.

A funicular railway linking the Magazine Fort on Military Road with the Memorial Gardens at Islandbridge is among 29 redevelopment plans.

Other proposals include erecting a tourist information centre and children's education centre. The public now has until May 31 to make submissions on the review.

Ireland recently joined the UK in being the only two countries to officially declare the world is facing a climate emergency.

Green Party candidates said 'rewilding' the park should be the top priority.

The declaration "means that at every level, from our own gardens to the incredible space of the Phoenix Park, we should be looking to support and enhance nature and our Irish flora and fauna," said Neasa Hourigan, a candidate for Dublin City Council.

Irish Independent

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