Three new parks open at Cherrywood
Today Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council will mark an important milestone in the development of the Cherrywood Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) by opening the three flagship parks at Tully, Beckett, and Ticknick. Facilities will include a full-size GAA pitch, grassed sports pitches and all-weather pitch, playgrounds, tennis courts, boules court, multi-sports pavilion, multi-use games area, play and ecological trails.
Councillor Mary Hanafin, Cathaoirleach, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council said:
Cherrywood is now home to a vibrant community. The residents now enjoy new homes, a busy primary school and now all can fully enjoy these three new parks. These parks offer opportunities to the pupils of the schools, residents and their families, workers, members of local sporting clubs and visitors.
Nestled between the two main transport corridors of the N11 and M50, Cherrywood will benefit from over 60 hectares of recreational and natural green space and these three new parks will all be interlinked by a comprehensive network of pedestrian walkways and cycleways.
At the official launch today at Tully Park, Frank Curran, Chief Executive, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council said:
Today marks a huge achievement for those who have been involved with Cherrywood as a project from its conception to realisation. Seeing much needed homes emerging and Cherrywood finally becoming a living place and now to the opening of three flagship parks shows great progress and is a positive step in the right direction.
The emerging town of Cherrywood will have a population in the region of 26,000, with over 8,800 new homes including a minimum of 10% social housing units, spread over the new Town Centre and three smaller Village Centres with superior transport links including an enhanced bus service, five Luas stops, and pedestrian and cycle friendly greenways throughout. In addition, there will be two post primary and four primary schools.
Minister of Housing, Local Government & Heritage, Darragh O’Brien highlighted the importance of urban development:
We know that urban development is about more than just building homes – we need to create safe, friendly environments where people can live, work and play, which is underpinned by quality urban design and place-making. That is exactly what we can see here today in Cherrywood. I’m delighted that the Government’s Urban Regeneration and Development Fund has helped to bring these beautiful green spaces to fruition, which will help to unlock the delivery of over 8,800 homes within this important development zone.
Tully Park is the flagship park at the very heart of Cherrywood, spanning 9-hectares of open space and providing a range of visitor attractions including:
- outdoor fitness
- play and ecological trails
- active and passive recreational areas
- playground with café
Central to the park will be a distinctive heritage area incorporating the 3 National Monuments of Tully Church, Tully Graveyard, and Tully High Cross. Tully Park is an important link in the wide network of cycling and pedestrian routes that are throughout the Cherrywood area. Tully Park was developed in two phases and funding for Phase 2 of Tully Park came under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund which is an initiative of Project Ireland 2040. There are nine universal access points to Tully Park, making it a place that visitors of all abilities can visit and enjoy, with seating and rest points dotted throughout.
Beckett Park is a major 5-hectare local park and includes the following:
- an all-weather sports pitch
- six tennis courts
- a boules court
- a multi-use games area
- a local playground
- an outdoor gym
- a sports pavilion with café
All facilities will be for the use of residents and clubs of the emerging communities in the Cherrywood area. The pupils of the six schools in the area will have full access to these facilities to support their sports programmes. This age friendly active park can be easily accessed via the pedestrian and cycle paths from anywhere in the Cherrywood area and has cycle parking, car spaces and visiting coach spaces.
Ticknick Park is a 19-hectare park with:
- four grass pitches including a full GAA pitch
- ancillary facilities including seating, signage paths, cycle stands and soft landscaping
- single storey changing facility with four changing rooms
- toilet facilities, storage, ancillary accommodation
- cycle parking facilities
Currently Ticknick Park is accessed via a pedestrian walkway via the agricultural bridge over the M50 utilising the shared pedestrian and cycle paths. Visitors travelling by vehicle should park in the temporary carpark which allows for 83 spaces, including four disabled user parking bays, three coach bays, and four motorcycle spaces.
Please see Irish brochure or English brochure below.