CORK City Council has said they will consider the redevelopment of Bell's Field when the Bishop Lucey Park project is completed.
In a question submitted by Green Party councillor Oliver Moran at a recent Local Area Committee meeting, he asked that Cork City Council report on options for the development of Bell's Field as a destination in the city, suggesting support for the provision of a coffee shop, improved seating and amenities and a viewing platform with binoculars.
In his reply, Cork City Council's Director of Services David Joyce said Bell's Field is "worthy of redevelopment" and would be considered when the Bishop Lucey Park project is completed "in the context of available Council finances and the availability of other sources of funding".
In his reply, Mr Joyce acknowledged the value of the public open space, enjoyed by residents and tourists alike for its "commanding views of the western part of the City".
"The area is extensively used for informal recreation by local residents and many visitors to the city travel there to capture the views.
"The area has played host to many outdoor events and theatrical performances including many performances by Corcadorca Theatre Company," he said.
"Various proposals for its enhancements have been suggested in the past including an open plaza, biodiversity garden and remembrance garden, however, none of these proposals were advanced for consideration due to more pressing demands on Council finances to develop local community parks throughout the city.
"Bishop Lucey Park was identified by the Council in 2018 as in need of a major redevelopment, a very successful design competition was held earlier this year and a contemporary design layout was selected to advance to Part 8.
"Bell's Field is worthy of redevelopment given its prominent location and its value to local residents and as a visitor destination for tourists," Mr Joyce continued.
He concluded that Bell's Field will be considered for redevelopment after works on Bishop Lucey Park are completed.
In June, Cork City Council and the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) announced the winning architectural design of the competition to redevelop Bishop Lucey Park.
The winning entry is by Belfast firm Hall McKnight Architects.
Seaking tofollowing a Cork City Council Environment Strategic Policy Committee meeting the following month, Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy said works on Bishop Lucey Park could begin by the Spring of 2021.
"They’re hoping it would go to Part 8, public consultation, in the autumn/winter of this year and building in the spring/summer of next year," said Mr McCarthy.
"That’s being ambitious," he said.