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To: OPW

Reopen gates in Phoenix Park

Reopen gates in Phoenix Park

Reverse decision to only have Parkgate Street and Castleknock gates open to traffic - DECISION REVERSED !!!!!

Why is this important?

Update: OPW have released this.
All gates bar Knockmaroon open from Friday July 10th.
Knockmaroon will open when works completed.
Truly hope lessons can be learned from this and all stakeholders are considered in future planning.
Thank you all for your support!!

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Phoenix Park is a worldclass amenity to the people who live nearby, on day trips, and tourists alike.
The decision to only have 2 gates open to vehicular traffic is seriously restricting access to the park.
Traffic volumes are increasing now that we are coming out of lockdown.
Congestion in the surrounding areas is already a huge issue. This will only increase with these access routes cut off without an alternative solution.

It can now take up to an hour to get from one end of the park to the other ; particularly at weekends with increased demand for the Zoo, Farmleigh and the Visitor Centre. Engine emissions from cars sitting on Chesterfield Avenue must surely be offsetting any potential environmental gain.

Parts of the Park will become no go areas due to their isolation. There are no plans for an increased OPW presence with the gate closures.

This decision seems to have been rushed through with little forward thinking and engagement with local communities.
Give the park back to the people and then work on alternatives to reduce car traffic.

Updates

2020-07-06 21:48:59 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2020-07-06 13:56:12 +0100

500 signatures reached

2020-07-04 15:03:56 +0100

100 signatures reached

2020-06-30 18:53:55 +0100

50 signatures reached

2020-06-30 16:46:44 +0100

25 signatures reached

2020-06-30 15:47:31 +0100

10 signatures reached