Five years of campaigning by parents and kids in Dublin 14 has produced a massive dividend in the shape of a new playground which has just opened near Dargan's famous Nine Arches Viaduct on the banks of the Dodder near Milltown.
Older Kids have been enjoying a zip wire, a giant slide and the big swing, while the littler ones love the tunnel , the see-saw and the big slide. Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Parks Department has delivered the great new play facility, in August and it makes the most of a fantastic location overlooking one of Dublin's oldest bridges across the Dodder River.
DLR's new Patrick Doyle Road Playground also has great views of the Dublin Mountains and it's a great pit stop if you are walking or biking along the Dodder Walk as it is right next to a bike path that connects Milltown and Clonskeagh to Donnybrook and Rathfarnham.
It is a boon for local parents too, as it is only is a short walk from the school and to local shops in Windy Arbour Village and St Galls Gardens South. It's a stone's throw from the Church of the Miraculous Medal on Bird Avenue and its quite close to Mosques at Milltown and Clonskeagh .
For kids who visited the area this summer, the new Playground got top marks. "I give it ten out of ten," said Georgia, above, "it's the best playground we visited on our trip to Dublin".
The design team deserves credit for installing unusual play equipment like the zip wire, which has proved popular with parents and kids alike and for making the most of the scenic location, by providing benches and tables for parents and childminders. It took suppliers CPCL around four months to install, and it is valued at around 100,000 euro.