Dublin Mountains Initiative (DMI) are a recently formed association of outdoor recreational user groups, calling for the radical development of the leisure and recreational facilities of the Dublin Mountains.
Chairman of the DMI, Mark d’Alton, said “We represent all those who utilise the Dublin Mountains for recreational purposes – both those who are members of our affiliated groups and the many non-specialised users of the Dublin Mountains who, not being members of any particular grouping, have no means of conveying what the mountains mean to them and how they would like to see them developed.”
The central aim of the DMI is the formulaton of a unified development and management policy for the Dublin Mountains. There are few capital cities in the world where the inhabitants and visitors alike have such ready access to the hills. Our vision is that ultimately there would be a Regional Park in the state owned portion of the mountains with greatly upgraded facilities, a ranger programme and sustainable multi-use way marked trails.
With some imagination there is no reason why there could not be a Dublin Way linking to the Wicklow Way. The Dublin Mountains could become a major attraction that would benefit both the people who live here and those who visit us – there are huge social, health and economic benefits to be gained from proper development of upland trails.
Despite its’ large and increasing population currently only about 10% of the trails in Ireland are in the Greater Dublin Area. We should look to the examples of cities such as Adelaide in Australia and Vancouver in Canada to see how to properly develop the mountains on our doorstep. A swimming pool and associated facilities costs in the order of 12 million euro to build – by comparison trails cost only 20 to 30,000 euro per kilometer to develop.
The DMI intend to establish dialogue with the major landowners in the Dublin Mountains – we have already met with Coillte who have been very receptive. We also intend to work with local and national politicians to engender policy change and to secure proper funding.“ he concluded
With clearly complementary goals MBI will seek to actively support the initiative and push for the equal inclusion of mountain bike facilities in a broader recreation strategy for the area.
The DMI was brought together to represent the interests of those who use the Dublin Mountains for leisure and recreation. Its’ members are:
- The Mountaineering Council of Ireland
- The Scout Association of Ireland
- The Irish Mountain Running Association
- Mountain Biking Ireland
- The Irish Orienteering Association
- Slí na Slaínte (Irish Heart Foundation)