How do we address concerns about anti-social behaviour in playgrounds and parks?
In 2012 Dublin City Council spent a lot of money revamping its play facilities. Two of our closest local playgrounds - those in Palmerston Park and Belgrave Square benefitted from this programme and play facilities there are much better for younger children as a result.
However, there was quite a bit of anti-social behaviour from teenagers which caused Dublin City Council to employ a security firm to monitor activity in the Belgrave Square playground, just weeks after it was re-opened.
Last year Dun Laoghaire Rathdown also opened a new pocket playground in Dun Laoghaire and DLR is also rebuilding and improving play facilities at Marlay Park.
In October, Shan Kelly met some DLR Parks and Recreation Officers to discuss improvements to two green spaces in Windy Arbour Village. Playgrounds were not really on the agenda, as the meeting took place to discuss taking forward plans outlined by the Windy Arbour village Association 's Two Greens project.
However, officers said that DLR does not have money available for a new playground near Windy Arbour. They also pointed out that anti-social behaviour was a concern for them.
Anti-social behaviour in playgrounds remains an ongoing concern for Dublin City Council and it has responded by opening the gates to Herbert Park on a 24- hour basis, so police can inspect that park in a bid to reduce it.
If you have ideas on how we can encourage these two councils to work together to consider building new play facilities near the Dodder in Dublin 14, or on how we could reduce anti- social behaviour in them , please visit the site and tell us. Happy New Year in 2013