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THE LIFFEY BOARDWALK - DUBLIN CITY CENTRE

The Boardwalk was the brainchild of Dublin Corporation City Architect’s Division and originated in 1997 as a new 650 metre long pedestrian route, which would reintroduce Dubliners to the river and provide relief from the traffic chaos of the north quays. The location has the enormous benefit of being south facing and not overshadowed - walking along the water in the sun being both enjoyable and memorable.

Conceptually the Boardwalk is a continuous promenade and the design intention was therefore to maintain its continuity where interrupted by the existing bridges. Connections at the Halfpenny Bridge, O’Connell and Grattan Bridges are all immediate. At the Millennium Bridge the preference of the bridge’s designers was respected, resulting in the Boardwalk being held back some metres 20 on both sides.

The level of the Boardwalk below pavement is determined by a number of factors - the degree of accessibility afforded to the mobility impaired, an acceptable incidence of predictable flooding of the deck, the likelihood of floating debris fouling the diagonal struts, the issue of corrosion of those elements below the freshwater level and the design intention to separate footpath and Boardwalk.

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