The second phase of work to regenerate the parkland along the Luas line at Rialto is set to commence early next year, as the final design for the section between Basin Lane and Fatima Luas stop has been published. The work is part of a wider masterplan adopted for the linear park that will, in time, see the amenity revitalised as far as Suir Bridge.
Work took place late last year on Phase I, in and around Fatima Luas stop, adding new paths, trees and enhanced meadow planting. The space has been blooming throughout the year.
The next section, which runs from Basin Lane to Phase I, will see a new active/ adventure play area developed, an edible garden project called Edimental, improvements to paths and boundaries and a new entrance to the park from Basin Lane.
The project will be tendered shortly and is expected to commence construction in spring 2023 and to be completed in time for summer. The project team also hopes to uncover archaeology on the site such as elements of the former Grand Canal, which originally followed this alignment until it was infilled in the 1980s.
The design of Phase II, and the wider masterplan, has been subject to extensive consultation with local residents and stakeholders such as schools and St James’s Hospital.
The proposed interim Thomas Street to SCR cycleway, which is currently out to consultation, will also be developed in the new year. This will introduce traffic and parking changes to St James’s Walk, improved crossing arrangements at Rialto Bridge and a share with care route through the park between Rialto and Suir Bridge. This large phase of the park will be redeveloped around the permanent cycleway scheme, likely in 2024.
Its likely that the final ‘missing link’, the section between Fatima and Rialto Luas stops in front of the new Children’s Hospital Ireland, will be completed in 2024 when the hospital is completed.
Dublin City Council Parks Services together with the South Central Area Office, and working with Suzie Cahn of Carraig Dulra Permaculture Farm, are now inviting participants to help develop an exciting Edimental (ornamental and edible) garden project at St James’s Linear Park. A workshop to initiate the project and learn more about this approach will be held at F2 Centre with the aim to collaboratively develop Hugelkultur beds for the new section of the park. The workshop will take place on Saturday, 3rd December, 10am to 3pm and please email email@example.com to register your interest.