The phase 2 works consisted of the following:
- A new vehicular access point on the Enniskerry Road next to Rosemont School and include a new pedestrian crossing signalised junction and cycle lanes along the road.
- New gates and railings, signage and a water feature at the entrance itself.
- The access avenue, the hill and the carparking in the upper field are all fully lit as part of the work.
- Installation of 164 parking spaces along the hill avenue and in the upper fields, including disabled access and 10 EV charging points. The parking has been designed to be complimentary to the Park rather than dominating it. Most of the spaces are of reinforced grass rather than tarmac
- Multi-purpose grass playing facility, two-lane running track, calisthenics and a surrounding network of paths linking through to the rest of the Park.
- Construction of steps and a giant tubular slide.
- All of the soil removed as part of this has been reused in the Park, we have built new mounds creating wildflower and tree planting opportunities
- Six compostable eco-friendly outdoor toilets
- Undergrounding of the ESB lines and substantial underground works to provide drainage and power for the future.
Ruairi O’Dulaing, Senior Parks Superintendent said:
The completion of phase 2 of Fernhill Park & Gardens is another milestone in our newest Flagship Park, and provides for improved accessibility, enhanced sports facilities, and substantial additions to path infrastructure and tree planting. The Park will now welcome people of all ages and abilities to experience the stunning rugged beauty of Fernhill”.
The design was shaped by the aims and objectives in the Fernhill park and Gardens masterplan and guided by the principles of the Fernhill Park & Gardens Sustainable Development Strategy.