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. The dog park is the crème de la crème of dog parks, with separate enclosures for small dogs and big dogs (and small dogs who think that they’re big dogs).
What has it got?
Seating: There are plenty of benches around the park. Their café, Tír na nÓg, is found in the Red Stables area and it is a little tight to maneuver the 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.
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.
The dog park’s gate needs a hefty push to open but it fits a wheelchair. Inside, the ground is lined with wood chippings and there’s benches to sit on. Dogs will have a whale of a time here with lots of hills to loll around on and fallen trees to jump on.
Why did it lose points? It didn’t. It’s a perfect park.