The second phase of work to regenerate the parkland along the Luas line at Rialto will begin in February. The work is part of a wider masterplan developed by Dublin City Council Parks, Biodiversity & Landscape Services 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 and now also includes a coffee dock.
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, accessible callesthics equipment, improvements to paths and boundaries and a new entrance to the park from Basin Lane.
Work will start in early February and aims to be completed in time for summer. The project team also hope 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 will also begin to be installed later this spring. This will introduce traffic and parking changes to St James’s Walk, improved crossing arrangements at Rialto Bridge and create a share with care route (allowing walk and cycling with care alongside) 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.
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 2024-5, when the hospital is completed.