I recently put a question into the city council, asking for a list and updates on all the planned greening and public realm upgrade projects for the South West Inner City.

Below is the list, with some info, on what’s planned. Some really exciting stuff coming down the pipeline. I’ve added in links for more info where I can.

This doesn’t cover stuff which has been recently completed, like the lovely St. Audeon’s Park or the greening project on Marrowbone Lane.

If you’ve any thoughts, drop me a note on michael@pidgeon.ie or join in the Twitter conversation here.

(If interested, below is a map of the South West Inner City area which this post covers. It’s essentially bordered by the Phoenix Park/Liffey to the north, the Grand canal to the south. It goes as far as Winetavern into town, and stretches through the Liberties, Rialto, Kilmainham and Inchicore.)

Large Capital Projects

Larger capital projects (over a certain funding threshold) are approved through the Corporate Projects Support Office (CPSO) process . Projects may be listed, but waiting necessary resources.

With the exception of Bridgefoot Street Park (a Parks & Landscaping Services project), projects are assigned funding from the Housing & Community Capital Projects Budget 2020-2022.  

Francis Street Environmental Improvement SchemeProceeding to site October 2020 – 10 month construction time
Bridgefoot Street ParkOnsite  – completion January 2021
Newmarket & Environs Public Realm ProjectPart 8 approved 2017. Awaiting allocation of E&T resources
Meath Street Public Realm ProjectCurrently subject to preliminary design with expected Part 8 in Q1 2021
Vicar Street SquareApproval to develop a concept scheme for tarmac play area and environs

Large Capital Projects (not yet listed with CPSO)

Dolphin’s Barn Village Enhancement SchemePart 8 approved in 2018. Subject to review with NTA Busconnects
James Walk Linear ParkMasterplan under development. Delivery in phases.

Greening Projects (funding assigned)

These are projects that arise out of The Liberties Greening Strategy and are largely being delivered by the Area Office and Parks & Landscaping Service. Projects are funded via Housing & Community Capital Projects Budget 2020-2022 or Discretionary Fund.

Cork Street Greening StrategyProject suspended until clarity on Busconnects programme
Bridgefoot Street Median (replacing hard median surface with landscaping)Currently out to tender for completion alongside park
James Street Median (repaving and planting scheme)In design. Expected to tender in Q4 2020
Cromwell Quarters Steps (resurfacing)In design, to tender for with James Street Median
Reuben Street Treeplanting 1Main works completed, tree planting in November
Basin Lane/ Oisin Kelly ParkProposed to remove the existing railings, tree surgery and general landscaping improvements.
St Catherine’s ParkConservation work, groundwork and landscaping

Projects under consideration/ concept stage

The following are areas where there is considered scope for greening projects or small public realm improvements. Projects here are in early stages or aspirational and funding is not yet assigned.

Inchicore Village Small Public Realm InterventionsDeveloping a series of ‘quick wins’ to enhance public realm and connectivity in the village
Weaver Square EnvironsConsidering coordinated public realm improvements in tandem with Weaver Park and new housing developments.
Reuben Street & EnvironsAssessing streets for additional tree planting
Carman Hall  Assessing street for tree planting
Robert Street  Assessing street for tree planting and buildout public space
Island Street/ Bonham StreetLonger term plan to revitalise public realm in vicinity of new Bridgefoot Street Park and housing developments
BlackpittsConsidering opportunities for ‘depaving’, tree planting and greening
Turvey ParkRevitalisation of existing park and amenity space