11 Dublin city parks win prestigious Green Flag Awards

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu, and Dublin City Council, was proud to announce that 11 of its parks have received prestigious Green Flag Awards. “It is a remarkable achievement to win 11 Green Flag Awards this year despite being in the middle of a global pandemic. I would like to thank all the parks staff and the local community for their hard work” said mayor Chu.

This year the awards are given out to 11 city parks that achieve eight standards, including that they are welcoming, safe, clean, managed well, and operate to best environmental practices.

The Green Flag Award, an accreditation given to publicly accessible parks and open spaces, primarily in the United Kingdom, in order to promote standards of good management and best-practice amongst the green space sector, is the mark of a quality park or green space and is recognized throughout the world.

Dublin City Council’s parks have remained open to the public throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, despite restrictions on staff, and great credit is due to the parks team. The team won 5 Green Flag Awards last year and have somehow managed to more than double that total for 2020.

“With the coronavirus lockdown and restricted travel over the summer months, Dubliners are aware more than ever of the value of parks and green spaces for exercise and relaxation, as safe places to meet friends and to connect with their local community,” said the Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu.

The 11 Green Flag Award-winning parks are:

  • Bushy Park, Terenure.
  • Poppintree Park, Ballymun.
  • Blessington Street Park, North Inner City.
  • St Anne’s Park , Raheny/Clontarf.
  • Markievicz Park, Ballyfermot.
  • Albert College Park, Glasnevin.
  • Herbert Park, Ballsbridge.
  • Father Collins Park, Belmayne/Clongriffin.
  • Saint Audoen’s Park, Cornmarket, South Inner City
  • Weaver Park, Liberties.
  • Saint Patrick’s Park South Inner City

In addition to winning the Green Flag Award once again, St Anne’s Park also received ‘highly commended’ status in the Pollinator Project Award. This is the culmination of a number of years work and a credit to all the staff there.

photo: William Murphy / CC