Public Meeting on Plans to Develop the Phoenix Park

I am hosting a public meeting on the proposed strategic review of the Phoenix Park by the Office of Public Works (OPW), on:

Saturday, 30 March at 11am

in the Halfway House, Navan Road

The Phoenix Park plays a central role in the life of Dublin city and is an important public amenity for sporting activity and recreation, as well as being home to vibrant wildlife, flora and fauna. It is also home to a range of important institutions such as Dublin Zoo, An Garda Siochana, and Aras an Uachtarain, The OPW, Failte Ireland and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, commissioned an independent review of the visitor experience of the Park. The ‘Draft Phoenix Park Visitor Experience Strategic Review’ sets out 29 recommendations and changes to the Park. I believe it is important for all those that value the Phoenix Park, to engage with the review and inform the OPW of observations or suggestions that may have on these proposals.

An exhibition displaying the recommendations on developing the Phoenix Park is currently taking place at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Ashtown Demesne, until Friday 5th April. You can make an observation with respect to the draft report, no later than 6pm on 12 April 2019, to visitorpark@opw.ie; or by post to Cathy Mahon, Office of Public Works, Heritage Services, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, D02 V240.

I have called on the OPW to place the report on public display in libraries and community centres, so that people who use and value the Phoenix Park can engage with the review; and to extend the consultation deadline.