THE first phase of the Marina Park project is on track to be completed by May 2021, despite the challenges of Covid-19, a Cork City Council official has stated.
In a question posed by Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy who requested a progress report on the Marina Park, Cork City Council’s Director of Services David Joyce said the contactor is making “excellent progress” despite a seven-week period of being off site from the end of March until mid-May due to Government guidelines.
“Marina Park Phase 1 contract commenced in early March 2020 with a scheduled completion date of May 2021.
“Works were suspended on March 30th due to the Covid-19 lock-down in accordance with Government guidelines, works resumed on site on May 18th following the lifting of restrictions for construction works.
“The contractor is making excellent progress on the works and is confident of achieving the scheduled completion date of May 2021,” he said.
The first phase of the project is the construction of a new city centre parkland.
It comprises the area from Shandon Boat Club eastwards to Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
"The €9m project is a major enhancement of the much loved Marina, with our parks and walkways attracting huge footfalls and being particularly appreciated in recent months during the Covid-19 pandemic," Stephen Scully of Cork City Council's Parks Department toldback in June.
There are a total of five phases in the Marina Park development.
Once completed, the Marina Park is expected to be five times larger than Fitzgerald’s Park.