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The Kilmore Heights area of Knocknaheeny with Apple in the background pictured in 2014. It has been agreed in principle to build a new public park in the area. Picture: Denis Scannell
DENIS SCANNELL
The Kilmore Heights area of Knocknaheeny with Apple in the background pictured in 2014. It has been agreed in principle to build a new public park in the area. Picture: Denis Scannell
SOCIAL BOOKMARKS

New regional park is needed for Cork's northside

NORTHSIDE councillors have urged City Hall to accelerate the delivery of a new regional park in Knocknaheeny, claiming that the failure to do so would undermine the entire regeneration project in the city's north-west.

The multi-million euro regeneration will see the demolition and replacement of hundreds of homes in Knocknaheeny, with the first families already living in new state-of-the-art houses.

In addition, community facilities, including a library and health care centres, have been delivered to the area. Under the plans, an active recreation area is also planned.

It has been agreed in principle that this park would be developed at Kilmore Heights, near the existing Kilmore Park, which is home to Knocknaheeny Celtic and is frequently subject to 'wanton vandalism', according to City Hall.

"A much larger and more suitable area of Council land has been identified on Kilmore Heights as being suitable for the development of a regional park to provide a wide range of both active and passive recreation," a report issued to councillors noted.

City Hall is understood to be exploring options for funding but has made no provisions for the development of the park in the 2018 budget.

Local councillor Mick Nugent urged City Hall to step up its efforts to build the park in the wake of developments elsewhere in the city. The local authority this week began work on the building of the long-awaited Bishopstown playground, while a large green area on the Lee Road is expected to be bought by the local authority for the development of recreation facilities shortly.

Mr Nugent said, "The recreation area is outlined as a key part of the regeneration master plan but we have seen no progress yet. I would be keen to see funding for the design of the playground allocated in the 2019 budget to get this project up and running."

Mr Nugent added that the existing facilities in the area are 'not fit for purpose' and stressed that there is no point in regenerating housing if community facilities aren't also added.