Following a number of “false dawns” contractors are on site for Phase 1 of the Marina Park project.
When completed, the Marina Park will be Ireland’s largest linear public park, and will cover 22-hectares or five times the area of Fitzgerald's Park.
The park will extend from the Shandon Boat Club to Blackrock and will include grounds around Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium and the Atlantic Pond.
Phase 1 of the project, costing in the region of €5 million is on course to be completed close to the end of this year. There are a total of five phases with the estimated total cost in the region of between €15 million and €20 million.
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.
Phase 1 doesn’t incorporate the redo of the Atlantic Pond, however, ultimately the park will involve the CPO of lands at the bottom of Ardfoyle to create another park at the side of the Atlantic Pond, according to Fine Gael Councillor Des Cahill.
“There has been a good few false dawns and announcements. The delays that happened, happened for a reason - slight changes to design etc. The reality is now, for everyone to see the machines are on-site and work has started,” Mr Cahill said.
He described the commencement of works as: “a great day for Cork, a great day for Blackrock, and a great day for the Docklands.”
Construction on the project was pushed out three times last year, despite the fact the demolition of the old Showgrounds site took place as far back as 2017.
Works had been due to get underway in March 2019, but the date for construction was missed due to issues regarding the works tender document.
There was also some controversy when part of the land originally earmarked for the project was sold to Cork County Board for the Páirc Uí Chaoimh Stadium project.
When completed, the Marina Park will contain a central plaza, a waterway, green space, a water feature, bridges, and a stadium loop at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.