The River Camac Greenway, also known as IMMA avenue, is a long proposed greenway in Kilmainham in Dublin City Center. It is a pedestrian and cycle only route along the river Camac. The greenway connects Heuston station to the gates of Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) at the Royal Kilmainham Hospital.
It will provide a safe and friendly space for people away from the major roads in the area. It is a vital missing pedestrian link in this area. It will help visitors and tourists easily move from the Liffey to IMMA and on to Kilmainham Goal on safe paths.
This section of greenway is part of a much larger plan that will build a greenway along the length of the River Camac through Inchicore and Kilmainham into South Dublin. It is a key part in joining up the Grand Canal Greenway to the Liffey.
The greenway has the support of local government, the National Transport authority and local residents and businesses. The greenway is currently under threat of development by the Office of Public Works (OPW). Help us protect the greenway.
The greenway is a key pedestrian and cycle link in an area with very poor quality footpaths and cycle paths. Many are too narrow, poorly maintained or just not suitable anymore.
Greenways encourage more of us to walk and cycle more. This is not only good for our health but also reduces traffic congestion for everyone else.
Greenways can also make for a great Sunday walk location. The River Camac Greenway follows the picturesque river Camac and the Phoenix Deer Park Wall a protected structure. (Yes the Phoenix Park used to be both north and south of the Liffey).
The poor footpaths are a growing problem considering the large developments already in the area such as Heuston train station, the HSQ development, IMMA, and St. James' Hospital. This is yet more development approved for this area like the expansion of the current HSQ development.
St. James' Hospital is a large city-center hospital and the future location of the National Children's Hospital. One of the large challenges for James' Hospital is access. This greenway helps improve access in between Heuston station and the hospital via Mount Brown. This will be one of many vital links for staff and visitors to the hospital. It is so important that Dublin City Council highlight the greenway's significance to the hospital in the city's development plan.
The greenway will also create an easy to follow route for tourists and visitors to Dublin who want to go to IMMA or Kilmainham Goal. IMMA was the second most visited free attraction in Ireland in 2016, with half a million visitors. Kilmainham Goal is a key national monument and a core part of our national history. The greenway provides a safe and friendly route to both of these attractions so visitors can explore some of the best parts of our history and culture.
The greenway was first proposed by Dublin City Council in 2003. The goal was to breakdown the large walled government owned sites in the area. This would make the area more friendly to pedestrians. The greenway has featured in the Dublin City Development Plans since then.
In 2005 the greenway was part of an OPW (Office of Public Works) development in the area called Heuston Gateway. This proposal included houses, apartments and the National Centre for Science and Discovery. The development was approved by An Bord Pleanala but it was never built because of the financial crisis in 2008.
In December 2017, the OPW, the government agency who own the lands, proposed the development of a Garda Operations Center on the route of the greenway without providing any alternative. They did this without consulting Dublin City Council or the residents of the area. Learn about how the OPW are building over the greenway route when they don't have to.
Our government is not a single group but made up of thousands of organisation. There are many government organisations that support the River Camac Greenway even if the OPW are planning on building over the route.
The greenway is included in the Dublin City Council development plan. It is marked a future strategic pedestrian route and a proposed greenway. This greenway is key to the council achieving their aims of making the Heuston/Kilmainham part of the city attractive and friendly to pedestrians.
The greenway also has support from the National Transport Authority (NTA) policy. The NTA are the national agency responsible for transport planning. A big job in this country. One of their key goals is to make it easier for people to move about the city on foot and on their bikes. This will reduce traffic for everyone and lead to less congestion. Another aim of the NTA is to make it easier for people to access public transport. There is a huge public transport hub at Heuston that this greenway will make more accessible. The River Camac Greenway is part of the GDA Cycle Network Plan.
This greenway needs more than just the support of government organisations. It needs the support of the people of Dublin. Help us protect this greenway from unnecessary development.