Tuesday, July 30, 2013
St. Anne's Park, Raheny/Clontarf
St. Anne's Park
Coast Rd., Raheny, Dublin 5
I took the pup for a jaunt there a couple of weeks ago. It's a mahoosive open space with a fairly decent café and plenty of nice walled gardens to wander around in. I didn't get to check out the playground facilities there but I will next time I visit.
What has it got?
Seating: There are plenty of benches placed around the park. Their café, Tír na nÓg, is found in the Red Stables area and it is a little tight to maneuver into tables but it is manageable.
Doors: I had no problems with the doors or gates around the park.
Ground: A lot of the paths are tarred over - lovely and smooth - and then some of the paths have a light gravel which is very easy to go over. It's mostly flat but if you're looking for a hill to roll down, you might be in luck there too.
Stairs: There's the odd step to be found in the Rose Garden and Walled Garden but they have a flat route that you can take. In their café, they have a flight of stairs inside but they have a wheelchair lift to bring you up.
Bathrooms: Wheelchair bathrooms are found in the Red Stables area and they are very easy to get in and out of.
Spaciousness: You're in a park. In fact, it's so big, it can't decide whether it's in Clontarf or Raheny.
Helpfulness of Staff: I didn't require help at any stage.
Parking: If you go to the car park near The Red Stables (link to map here), there is plenty of wheelchair parking. There is also a lot of street parking available in the area.
Why did it lose points? It didn't. It's a perfect park.