Two greening projects are set to transform road medians on Bridgefoot Street and James Street. The projects are the latest to deliver on The Liberties Greening Strategy – a plan to develop new parks and amenities and enhance public space and green infrastructure in The Liberties, which was published by Dublin City Council Parks & Landscaping Service and the South Central Area Office in 2015.
The long, paved median of Bridgefoot Street is set to be transformed into a lush green strip with new trees, holly hedge planting and colourful herbaceous flowers and plants. The project takes place in tandem with the development of Bridgefoot Street Park (itself to open in early summer 2021) and is one of a number of projects transforming the quality of place at Bridgefoot Street. The median refurbishment follows similar projects at High Street and Nicholas Street-Patrick Street.
Also set for a redesign is the triangular island at James Street. Dublin City Council last year completed conservation work on the 1790s obelisk which stands on the island. Now the area will be substantially remodelled, removing over half the paving and creating beautiful herbaceous planted beds under the trees. The existing stone benches, which are part of an old public convenience that once stood on the island, will be retained and repositioned.
Depaving at both locations will give trees a much healthier environment in which to grow and thrive, and will also help to reduce the extent of hard paving in these areas, and therefore assist with runoff from rain.
Work on both projects is expected to start early next year.