Calls for much-loved Cork park to be enclosed and playground built

Calls for much-loved Cork park to be enclosed and playground built

People relax at Bell's Field, Cork overlooking the northside of Cork City, on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

AN online petition has been launched by local residents and community members calling for Bell's Field to be transformed into an enclosed public park.

The well known spot overlooking Cork city is a popular tourist attraction and an important recreation area for Leesiders but has been plagued by littering in recent years.

Residents have said the site "has the potential to be a great amenity" but that renewal works need to be carried out.

"We are a group of local residents and community members that are calling for a plan of renewal works to be put in place by Cork City Council. 

"This plan would transform the field into an enclosed public park and an amenity that we can all be proud of. 

"The renewal works should include perimeter railings, footpaths, a children's playground, seating and landscaping," residents stated in their petition on change.org.

"The new park would serve as a valuable resource for locals, businesses and tourists alike," they continued. 

Speaking to The Echo last month about the reoccurring issue of illegal dumping at Bell's Field one resident, who wished to remain unnamed, said he collected five bags of rubbish over the course of one weekend.

Bottles, cans, pizza boxes and other rubbish were left overflowing near the two bins at Bell's Field.

He has called on Cork City Council to pay more attention to amenities on the northside.

"The southside is being looked after and the northside isn’t," said the resident, who added that he felt the problem could be alleviated if the bins at Bell's Field were emptied at the weekend and another rubbish bin was added in Bell's Field.

The petition to create an enclosed public park at Bell's Field is available to sign on change.org

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