Tymon Park

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Tymon Park
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Lake on the Poddle in Tymon Park (E), M50 in background (geograph 3545710).jpg
Lake on the River Poddle, in Tymon Park
Tymon Park is located in Dublin
Tymon Park
Tymon Park
Tymon Park is located in Ireland
Tymon Park
Tymon Park
TypeSuburban public park
LocationSouth Dublin, Ireland
Coordinates53°18′0″N 6°20′29″W / 53.30000°N 6.34139°W / 53.30000; -6.34139Coordinates: 53°18′0″N 6°20′29″W / 53.30000°N 6.34139°W / 53.30000; -6.34139
Area130 hectares (320 acres)
Operated bySouth Dublin County Council

Tymon Park is a large suburban public park in Dublin, Ireland. It has an area of over 300 acres (120 ha) and is divided in two by the M50 motorway, the two divisions being linked by a pair of pedestrian bridges.[1] One of Dublin's historically important rivers, the River Poddle passes through it, providing water to a number of ponds.

Location[edit]

The park is situated between Tallaght, Templeogue and Walkinstown. It straddles the M50 motorway which divides the park in two. A pedestrian footbridge links the eastern and western sides near the Greenhills Road, with another further south near the Templeogue Road. There are four main entrances which provide access to car parks at Tymon North Road, Greenhills Road, Limekiln Road and Willington Lane. In addition, pedestrians can gain access through a number of smaller gates.[2]

Attractions and activities[edit]

The River Poddle flows through the park, filling two bigger lakes and several interconnecting smaller ponds or water features. Four stands of mixed deciduous woodland have been established, the predominate tree species being beech, poplar, ash, horse chestnut, willow, maples, sycamore and birch, with alder, hazel, and hawthorn near the edges. The waterbodies attract waterfowl, and other habitats include waterside, hedgerow, grassland and wasteland.[2]

There is a children's adventure playground at the western end of the park, close to the Greenhills Road entrance. A new playground has been constructed close to the South Dublin County Council (SDCC) Depot beside Castletymon Road. Other playgrounds are located beside Willington Lane car park and at the Limekiln Road car park.[2][3]

Tymon Park is commonly used for walking, jogging and field sports. The park contains 29 pitches for soccer, gaelic football, hurling, etc. There are also a number of waymarked woodland trails with interpretations of woodland features provided.

A 5 km Parkrun takes place in Tymon Park each Saturday morning. As of 29 March 2020, when the event was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there had been 298 runs with an average of 133.5 runners per week.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tymon Park, Dublin". Tourist Information Dublin. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Parks: Tymon Park". South Dublin County Council. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Tymon Park playground". Dublinfox.com. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Tymon Park parkrun". parkrun Global Ltd. Retrieved 29 March 2020.