Weaver Park on Cork Street was recognised for its placemaking quality at an inaugural national awards ceremony in Dublin on 16th May 2019. The new ULI CBRE Excellence in Placemaking Awards seeks to highlight and celebrate examples of good placemaking by public authorities, the private sector and local community groups and development organisations across the country. The awards aim to reward organisations and communities throughout Ireland that make genuine efforts to improve their local communities through the initiation of projects that add to the public realm and make these places better places in which to live, work and play.
Weaver Park won its regional category – Dublin – and then went on to scoop the Best Overall Project with a prize of €5,000 to contribute to the continued development of the amenity.
Weaver Park has been recognised as an exemplar amenity since it opened in September 2017. From its inception as the result of an active community-led push that included local residents, community representatives and advocacy groups such as SkateD8; through to its inclusive design process; to its eventual realization as the first new public park in The Liberties in over 100 years. The park was designed by locally-based landscape practice Ait Urbanism + Landscape for Dublin City Council Parks & Landscaping Services. It is one of two flagship community parks planned for The Liberties under the Liberties Greening Strategy.