Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD joined the Mayor of South Dublin County, Cllr Peter Kavanagh, and South Dublin County Council Chief Executive Daniel McLoughlin, to open Tandy’s Lane Park.
Tandy’s Lane Park is approximately seven hectares in size and includes extensive areas of footpaths with seating. The Park is designed with a mix of formal and informal recreation facilities, with a large sports pitch, three interconnected playgrounds, a space designed specifically for teenagers and fitness areas alongside high quality soft and hard landscapes. Much of the soft landscape consists of biodiverse flower meadows and there are views of the retained, mature hedgerows and woodland areas.
The new park also includes newly planted areas with native and ornamental trees, including a newly planted orchard area adjacent to picnic facilities. The wildflower meadows provide a wealth of colour from Spring onwards and will provide a pollinator-friendly environment in this park for years to come.
Tandy’s Lane Park is one of three significant infrastructure projects being delivered at the Adamstown Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) with Airlie Park and the Celbridge Link Road to follow.
A combined €15 million was allocated for the three projects by the then Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government through the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Funds (LIHAF) with South Dublin County Council providing an additional €5 million in funding.
LIHAF is a key element of the Government’s drive to build more homes. The objective of the fund is to provide public off-site infrastructure to relieve critical infrastructure blockages. This enables the accelerated delivery of housing on key development sites in Dublin and urban areas of high demand for housing nationally.
South Dublin County Council’s successful LIHAF funding bid for financial support was linked to the delivery of 2,000 new homes within the Adamstown SDZ. Within the large-scale delivery of homes, there are 300 homes at or below a cost of €300,000 and a further 500 at or below €320,000. It is expected that work on all three projects will be completed in 2022.
Minister O’Brien, said, “I really want to compliment South Dublin County Council on completing this project, one of a number of strategic infrastructure projects across the Adamstown SDZ lands under their Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF). The Tandy’s Lane Park project has delivered a large-scale public park within Adamstown for the use of residents and visitors of all ages, including a range of amenities such as playgrounds and playing pitches. I commend South Dublin County Council for the delivery of this project with the aid of LIHAF funding to facilitate the delivery of 2,000 new homes within the Adamstown SDZ and will help create and sustain new communities”.
Cllr Peter Kavanagh, Mayor of South Dublin County, said, “It gives me great pleasure to be here today to formally open Tandy’s Lane Park. Providing such a wonderful amenity for the people of Adamstown, Lucan and beyond highlights the Council’s ongoing commitment to improving infrastructure in the area and providing new play opportunities for both young and older citizens.”