[/caption] Dublin's second largest park, Tymon Park is a popular facility for children's play, sports, exercise, socialising and relaxing. In addition to paths for walking, jogging and dog walking (leads are required), it features several playing pitches for field sports such as Gaelic games and soccer.
- A large park, second in size (in Dublin) only to Phoenix Park
- Located about 25 minute's drive from the centre of Dublin
- Free-to-use gym equipment can be found at various points along the park's pathways.
- Encompasses roughly 300 acres on the southwest of Dublin, between Tallaght, Templeogue, and Walkinstown
- Contains two man-made lakes, enjoyed by many ducks
- Split by the M50 motorway, its eastern and western sections are linked by two pedestrian footbridges
Tymon Park Playgrounds and Wooded Adventure Trail
There are three distinct play areas in Tymon park. Near the Templeogue entrance, close to the lakes, there is a modern, spacious playground, with soft, multi-coloured, rubber surfaces, which is split into two sections:
Green Zone (Ages 2 to 6)
The green zone is suitable for toddlers and younger children. Green zone activities include a play panel, springers, roundabout, see-saw and four baby swings.
Blue Zone (Ages 6 to 12)
The blue zone is suitable for school-aged children. Activities include a multiplay unit, swings, slides, basket swing and roundabouts.
Wooded Adventure Trail (Ages 10 and up)
This specially-planted woodland is located just behind the playground. Here you will find wooden climbing frames, spiral ropes, and outdoor trails for older children, teenagers and kids who've never grown old.
Visitors to the park often find special events in progress, such as tournaments, band recitals, film/television shoots, family festivals, cross country races, and circus performances.
Landscape, Flora and Fauna
Tymon Park is known for its lush wooded landscape that presents a total of 125 different species of tree, including beech, poplar, ash, chestnut, willow, and sycamore. The margins of the woods are lined with alder, hazel and hawthorn. Markers with descriptions are posted along the walking path to familiarize the visitor with the woodland attributes of the trees. The two lakes are also ringed by paths lush with trees and shrubs. There are 92 species of flora and fauna in the park and the area is an important breeding ground for waterfowl such as mallard ducks, coot, and moorken. The park's protected habitats range from under woodland, waterside to hedgerow, grassland, and wasteland.
The park opens at 10am. Closing time varies throughout the year, depending on daylight, but is generally at dusk.
Duck pond at Tymon Park. Image by Mike Mulligan