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Community, Placemaking, Public realm

The Play Park

We embarked on a project to build a Play and Skate Park in Ballyfermot through an innovative and collaborative People First Design Process and international design competition co-funded by the Matheson Foundation and Dublin City Council.

The international design competition was won by London based interdisciplinary Architecture practice Relational Urbanism, who continue to work closely with us and the Ballyfermot community to achieve a design outcome that reflects the community’s own ideas.

The Matheson Foundation in partnership with Dublin City Council are generously funding the project, forging new and exciting ways for the public and private sector to work together.

The initiative commenced in July 2015 and set out to transform the Lawns at Le Fanu Park in Ballyfermot as a new play and skate park. In addition, it aimed to provide a much-needed space for the Ballyfermot Youth Services BMX club to practice with state-of- the-art skate + BMX facilities.


Photo credit Ste Murray

Designed by Relational Urbanism

Designed by Relational Urbanism

Designed by Relational Urbanism

Photo by Cliona Ni Laoi

Photo by Ste Murray

Competition Runner Up, ‘Shooting Star’ by Y Design Workshop
Competition Process
Design Competition Winner, “One Park For All Ages” by Relational Urbanism,
Introducing The Play Park, Ballyfermot