OPW announces public consultation as part of Phoenix Park Parking Strategy

A public consultation process seeking the views of people on the future of parking in the Phoenix Park begins today for five weeks.

Members of the public are invited to review a draft Strategy that provides a comprehensive vision for parking management in the Phoenix Park.

Phoenix Park Draft Parking Strategy (PDF)

More than 5,000 submissions were received from the public and key stakeholders in the first phase of consultation. Opinions, comments and ideas raised through this engagement process are reflected in the Draft Parking Strategy. 

Announcing the launch of the public consultation, Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW), Patrick O’Donovan, TD said: 

“The Phoenix Park is a national amenity much loved both by people in and outside Dublin. The Draft Parking Strategy seeks to protect and conserve the Phoenix Park, while enabling appropriate access and use by Dubliners and visitors from further away. I would encourage all interested parties, both from the local community and those further afield, to read the Draft Parking Strategy and respond to the public consultation survey over the next five weeks.”

In line with Government policy to reduce transport-related carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030, the Strategy centres on sustainability, active travel, reduced emissions and accessibility for all. 

It complements and aligns with existing plans and policies that are in place across Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council and the National Transport Authority (NTA). 

Of particular note, over 60 percent of respondents said they could be persuaded to drive less or use another mode of travel to access the Phoenix Park. The Draft Parking Strategy considers both cycle and vehicular parking in the Phoenix Park, as well as potential impacts on the immediate surrounding area. 

It also addresses the needs and parking requirements of those with mobility issues. Five percent of parking provision will be suitable for those with disabilities and a further five percent will be designated for the active aged. 

However, the Draft Parking Strategy also recognises that, to make the Park inclusive for all visitors, some visitors will need parking provision. 

Overall, the draft Strategy proposes to improve access for those with mobility challenges through maintaining the current car parking availability. 

This non-statutory public consultation period seeks the views of the public on the Draft Parking Strategy. The public consultation period will run from Monday, 17 April to, 22 May 2023. The Draft Parking Strategy can be found at this link: Phoenix Park Survey.

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