Cork city council have purchased land in Blarney village which they intend to develop for amenity purposes.
Assistant Chief Executive in City Hall Brian Geaney confirmed the news to Councillors.
The approximately 6.5 acres of land is situated between the River Martin and Waterloo Road in the centre of the village, just north of Blarney Woolen Mills.
A public park with a loop walk is proposed, alongside a play area, kickabout area and wildflower meadows. The Waterloo Amenity Walk starts immediately adjacent to the land and extends 2.5Km to Waterloo Church.
Mr Geaney said that existing trees and lower vegetation in the proximity of the River Martin will be “maintained and enhanced in the context of biodiversity and the natural environment.” In consultation with community and resident groups, as well as Councillors, draft proposals for the park will be prepared.
“Full development will depend on available resources, however, it is hoped to undertake modest works to improve access and pedestrian circulation in the coming months,” Mr Geaney said.
Councillor Mick Nugent has welcomed the news, calling it an “exciting development” and “a sign of commitment by Cork City Council to new areas of the city”.
He added that he would also like to see the North West Regional Park in Knocknaheeny progress as soon as possible, and suggested the two developments could be linked up.