Marlay Park Dog Park
Rathfarnham, Dublin 16
Once a week, I try to bring my dog Harry up to the dog park in Marlay Park. I get to go to gigs and festivals all the time so I feel I owe it to him to enjoy a doggie festival whenever he can. It’s a large, fenced in space and although it doesn’t have as many bells and whistles as the dog park in St. Anne’s Park, the dogs knock as much craic out of it as possible.
What has it got?
Seating: There are three benches in the dog park and they all have arm rests on them.
Gates: The lock on first gate can be a bit of a bitch to reach and I often need a hand with it but the second gate has a lower lock and is easy to use.
Ground: The ground is a bit ruff in patches with the odd hole dug by one of its visitors. These are easy to avoid and you can’t really complain about them because it’s unlikely that the visitors paws to think of what a hole means to a wheelchair.
Bathrooms: There is a wheelchair stall in all of the toilets in Marlay Park. The closest bathrooms to the dog park are by the café at the Grange Road entrance.
Parking: There is plenty of wheelchair parking in the car park at the Grange Road entrance and also in the College Road entrance. At the weekends, you might have to wait a while for a spot.
Paths: From the car parks to the dog park, there are paved pathways with a few hills to overcome. I regularly bring my FreeWheel with me and take the ruffer pathways in the wooded areas. When we go this route, Harry tends to go for a paddle in the stream and it’s good exercise for the two of us.
Why did it lose points? Marlay Park’s dog park lost half a point simply because the lock on one of the gates is too high to reach. Other than that, it’s a great spot to visit with your pooch.