STOCKING WOOD, RATHFARNHAM, DUBLIN
Nestled in the foothills of the Dublin mountains, Knocklyon Park – Stocking Wood is a new extension to the existing Knocklyon Park out in Southwest Dublin. It consist of 1.18ha of woodland, rolling grass landscape, footpath network and playground. This is the first phase of a wider 3.3ha extension to Knocklyon Park that will service the population of the surrounding Stocking Wood area and will eventually connect to the rest of Knocklyon Park.
A masterplan for the wider park was required with a detailed design though to construction for the phase 1. There was significate collaboration with South Dublin County Council to ensure the park met their standards. Allowing them to take ownership and manage the park into the future. Central to the brief was the need to provide all the necessary park facilities required to service the existing and future population of the area, but with economic efficiency and sustainability in mind.
The concept behind the design was to create a park that provided a natural setting that would encourage healthy living though activities such as walking, running, play, blading, cycling, Frisbee, outdoor gym and kick-about ball activates, whilst still protecting and enhancing the wildlife value of the mature woodland and reduces waste by reusing existing earth stockpiles on site. With its proximity to the Dublin Mountains and excess site soil, the design forms took on a natural and organic form, with paths meandering around grassed mounds, reflecting the landscape views south from the park of the Dublin Mountains.