MAPS TRACE PARK THROUGH AGES.
AS part of the 350 celebrations of the Phoenix Park a collection of historical maps spanning the entire period has been launched.
Speaking in the Visitor Centre, Public Works Minister Brian Hayes yesterday said: "I am once again delighted to be here in the park to open this wonderful exhibition of historic maps.
"This is the first time all these will have been displayed together in the one place and many of them are beautifully illustrated and capture the history of the Phoenix Park over the centuries.
"I am also delighted to announce officially that the Mad Hatters' Street Party will take place this Easter Saturday between 12 noon and 4pm on Chesterfield Avenue.
"This party marks the start of the OPW's plan to close part of Chesterfield Avenue from the Phoenix Monument to the Mountjoy roundabout on a trial basis at weekends to allow greater public recreational use of this part of the park.
"The party will include organised kids games, themed characters, craft activities, farmers' market, fit-for-life activities, music and lots more.
"I would encourage people to come along and bring your own picnic as we will be placing 40 picnic tables on the closed section of Chesterfield Avenue."