Fitzwilliam Square park, the only one of Dublin city’s five Georgian parks in private ownership, could be opened to be public for the first time under a Dublin City Council plan.
For more than 200 years the Dublin 2 park has been accessible only to keyholders, mostly the residents and owners of the 69 houses on the square, some of whom pay almost €1,000 a year for the privilege.
However, the council says it will seek public access to the park, and it plans to open talks with the Fitzwilliam Square Association with a view to opening the facility to more of the city’s population.
While the parks in Georgian squares at St Stephen’s Green, Merrion Square, Mountjoy Square and the Garden of Remembrance at Parnell Square are all open to the public,
The association holds a 150-year lease of the park and controls the distribution of keys to building owners, who pay €950 a year for access, or tenants, who pay €550. Some “off-square” membership applications are also considered at a cost of €550 for a commercial subscription and €350 for a local resident.