Corkagh Park is located near the Naas road stretching towards Clondalkin. Opened to the public in 1986, it consists of 120 hectares and was formerly part of Corkagh Demesne. There are many amenities in the park including an adjacent caravan park: camacvalley.com
Corkagh Park Enhancements
The masterplan proposals for the upgrade of Corkagh Park include provision of a new hub area in the centre of the park with a coffee shop, events space, additional seating and playspaces; it also includes an upgrade of the fairy woodland trail, improvements to the existing car parks and improvements to access, signage and wayfinding through the park. The work will commence later this year. As Corkagh Park is a historic landscape, careful attention must be made where there is an intention to carry out any work that involve excavations. The archaeological works recently completed were part of the enabling works for the Corkagh Park masterplan. It was particularly required in the centre of the park as there are two archaeological monuments at that location (a Castle and a Moated Site). There is little evidence of them above ground (Corkagh Park Demesne House and Farm Buildings were built in the same area during a later period). However; as digging will occur in the area; archaeological investigations are required to make sure to avoid impacting on anything that might remain still under the ground. Following the initial investigations, the Archaeologists are preparing a report for The National Monuments Service and hope to carry out some further excavation in the coming weeks south of the depot area, (subject to an archaeological licence granted by The National Monuments Service). This will uncover the area and allow the ground to be fully surveyed. Once the works are complete a report will be submitted to The National Monuments Service and made publicly available.
Corkagh Park Enhancements- Information Boards
The Part 8 Planning Procedure for Proposed Enhancements and Upgrades at Corkagh Park was advertised for public consultation in 2021 and passed by the Council in February 2022. The proposals included the following works within the park; which were summarised in the following report displayed at Part 8 Stage (in addition to the other detailed information): Corkagh Park Part VIII Summary of Proposals.pdf (sdublincoco.ie)
- Provision of wayfinding and signage installations;
- Construction of a new ‘hub zone’ to include a Café building with 10 no. public toilets, kitchen, storage, serving area and internal seating; multi-use events space with a stage and hard-standing area; soft-landscaping with formal seating areas; picnic areas; amenity lawn; mounds; incidental play area; and planting;
- Removal and replacement of trees that are in poor health or pose a risk to safety;
- Upgrading of St. John’s Wood Car Park to include resurfacing; improved pedestrian links and footpaths.
- Upgrading and extension of Green Isle Car Park and park entrance to include relocation and widening of existing entrance.
- Enhancements to the Fairy Woodland Trail including new play features; new seating; new pedestrian link from the lakes; retention and protection of existing mature trees.
- Upgrading of entrance and construction of a new footpath linking existing car park to the Outer Ring Road; future-proofing for EV charging points and extension of car park; and 11m high arrival beacon at Outer Ring Road Entrance;
- Provision of a new pedestrian link between the Camac Valley Camping Park and Corkagh Park;
- Enhancements to pedestrian entrance and boundary at St. John’s Wood Drive
- Proposed planting, furniture and landscape works associated with the proposed development.
- All associated and ancillary site works associated with the proposed development.
The Part 8 planning process was passed by Council on the 14th of February 2022.
Non-statutory consultation was also carried out in the park itself which comprised of pop-up information tents with drawings of the proposed designs prior to the Part 8 public consultation process.
Since then SDCC have been preparing the detailed design drawings and tender package to prepare for the construction stage; however it was important to carry out the tree works before the bird nesting season (1st March).
Notification of the required tree work was posted on the South Dublin County Council Website (Up-coming Tree Works at Corkagh Park and Tymon Park - SDCC).
46 No. trees were planned for removal from Corkagh Park. 31 No. of these were small Ash trees at St. John’s Wood carpark, all suffering with Ash-dieback disease.
To mitigate for the loss of trees; it is planned to plant 93 trees in various locations in the park. This tree selection will be made up of various native Irish species, due to the importance of planting native trees to enhance biodiversity in our parks.
The link to the Part 8 planning documents is available here:
Entering the park from St. Johns entrance
Link to iWalks recording on SoundCloud for Corkagh Park, entering from the St. John's entrance
Entering the park from the Naas Road entrance
Link to iWalks recording on SoundCloud for Corkagh Park, entering from the Naas road
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