STEPHEN Scully of Cork City Council's Parks Department has said the first phase of the Marina Park project is expected to be completed within 12 months.
Last monthreported that contractors Sorensen are now on-site at the location at the old Showgrounds site, adjacent to The Marquee site, and to the Western side of Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Speaking about how the work is progressing, Mr Scully said Cork could see the new parkland completed within a year’s time.
"The Marina Park Phase 1 project is the construction of a new City Centre parkland.
"Phase 1 comprises the area from Shandon Boat Club eastwards to Páirc Uí Chaoimh, and is expected to be completed within 12 months.
"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," Mr Scully stated.
Once completed, the new park will have a water feature, two bridges, toilet facilities and a coffee shop.
"The works will include site clearance, installation of hard and soft landscaped items, adjustment of existing site levels (to form new water storage basins), surface water runoff drainage, diversion of an existing watercourse (complete with associated weirs), new pathways, installation of various types of paving (sandblasted concrete, resin bonded and natural stone paving), and a timber gantry walkway," Mr Scully said.
"It will also include provision and installation of park furniture, lighting, water feature and all associated mechanical and electrical services necessary for these.
"The park will also have an open-framed steel structure, partially roofed and wall cladded that will house individual pod-like structures including toilet facilities and a coffee shop.
"The new park will also have two 10m wide bridge structures spanning over the diverted watercourse," he continued.
Mr Scully also stated that a new 250 space car park with associated road and shared cycling/pedestrian path is to be provided along the existing Marina, adjoining the Shandon Boat Club.
There are a total of five phases in the Marina Park development.
Mr Scully stated that Phase 2 will see the development of the area east of Páirc Uí Chaoimh including the Atlantic Pond with a timeline dependent on resources.
Once completed, the Marina Park is expected to be five times larger than Fitzgerald’s Park.
Earlier this month, Cork City Council also unveiled the winning design of the redevelopment of Bishop Lucey Park, by Belfast firm Hall McKnight Architects.
The project is a key part of Cork City Council’s City Centre Strategy to improve the quality of amenities in a city that is projected to grow to 300,000 in the next 20 years, with an increasing number of young families expected to live in the city centre.