Changing Places Accessible Facility Opens in Marlay Park

Monday, May 13, 2019
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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is delighted to announce that a Changing Places bathroom has been opened by An Cathaoirleach, Ossian Smyth at Marlay Park, Rathfarnham today, 13th May. The Changing Places bathroom provides many additional features and equipment that makes it more accessible and comfortable than standard accessible bathrooms.

The new Changing Places facility in Marlay Park is a welcome addition for all those who work in, live in or visit the county. It  opens up opportunities previously unavailable to people with more significant or complex disabilities to benefit from the wide variety of events and amenities Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown county has to offer” said An Cathaoirleach, Councillor Ossian Smyth.

Andrée Dargan, dlr County Architect said “Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council promotes and supports universal design whereby all environments can be used to the greatest extent possible by all people, regardless of age or ability. We are grateful for the advice and feedback of the dlr Disability Consultation Group and Dolores Murphy, Irish Wheelchair Association in opening this facility.” She continued “In recent years, where we have been developing new facilities, we have endeavoured to make bathroom facilities as inclusive as possible and well beyond the statutory standards, including in dlr LexIcon, Samuel Beckett Campus, Cabinteely Park and now in Marlay Park Courtyard. Going forward Changing Places will be the new normal for our new public buildings where feasible”.




Features include a fully accessible toilet with height-adjustable, adult-sized changing benches, ceiling track hoist systems, showers and adequate space for a person with a disability and up to two assistants. The new facility is designed to enhance the health, safety, comfort and dignity of someone who may need extra support and additional equipment during personal care tasks. There is a universal key available that works for Changing Places facilities and other accessible WCs or you can access a key at the nearby café. The Council’s website provides information about the locations and opening hours of our facilities and an instructional video which can be viewed on a smartphone to explain to users and their carers how to use the equipment installed.