The opening of Weaver Park has rejuvenated a long derelict part of the Liberties and is being enjoyed by local residents and those from surrounding areas. It is the first public park to be built in the Liberties in over 100 years. It is a prime example of successful urban regeneration in Ireland.
Chamber Court, a 1960's social housing scheme which was demolished in 2008 left a valuable plot of 5000m2 that was zoned for redevelopment in both `The Liberties Local Area Plan of 2009' and the `Dublin City Development Plan of 2011-2017'. Given a lack of available green space however, local residents and community groups recognised the potential in this vacant site and so entered into a collaboration with Dublin City Council that explored an exciting new vision. This vision was formally established as one of the interventions of `The Liberties Greening Strategy'.
`The Liberties Greening Strategy' was undertaken by Áit Urbanism + Landscape the Parks and Landscape Services of Dublin City Council and published in 2015. The strategy identified local interventions that could improve the quality of life for its residents. From the beginning of the design process a strategy of community engagement was initiated by the design team to determine what they wanted in their new park. This information was then recorded and distilled into a coherent plan that would allow harmonious interaction between all users.
The park incorporates designated skateboarding features such as a large skatebowl and secondary features such as seating walls that can also be used for skate tricks. A central open space provides a place to play kick-about and accommodates community gatherings and events. A large playground installation caters for a range of ages and the distinctive roof profile of the structure recalls the “Dutch Billy” architecture introduced to The Liberties by the Huguenots and other continental settlers in the 18th century. A gateway feature follows a similar narrative, its design is an abstraction of the weave on a traditional loom; it was here that The Liberties weaving industry began. The fulcrum of the park is a 40-year-old Quercus palustris. this beautiful oak provides a maturity and a new focal point on Cork Street and is now an icon for the greening of The Liberties.
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