Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Councillor Emma Murphy officially opened the upgraded ball courts in Dodder Valley Park on Friday 23 September 2022 and said “The upgrade consists of two full size basketball courts to International Basketball Federation standards and three tennis courts to International Tennis Federation standards. These works have been funded by the Public Realm Improvement Works Programme; additional funding has also been obtained through sports capital funding.
Sport and active recreation are an important component of a successful park, in a recent survey by the Community Section they found that basketball courts were the most sought-after sports facility people would like to see made available for public use. Playing basketball and Tennis helps to improve motor coordination, flexibility, and endurance. It also encourages speed, agility, and strength. The aim of the court upgrade is to empower people to create healthy habits, allowing people to improve their own physical and mental well-being through exercise in a Public Park. I am delighted to see the ball courts upgrades proven to be so popular and is getting such great use.”