Cork's Marina Park is delayed for the third time this year 

Cork's Marina Park is delayed for the third time this year 
The former Cork Showgrounds in front of the redeveloped Páirc Uí Chaoimh which is to be turned into a public park. Pic: Larry Cummins

ANOTHER delay in construction of the Marina Park means only the first phase of the project will be completed by the end of next year.

The first phase of Marina Park is now proposed to be finished in late 2020. Construction work on the project has been pushed out three times this year alone.

Once completed, Marina Park will cover 22-hectares, five times the area of Fitzgerald's Park.

Artist's impression of the proposed Atlantic Pond and Marina Park.
Artist's impression of the proposed Atlantic Pond and Marina Park.

While the demolition of the old Showgrounds site took place in 2017, construction of the new park has yet to begin.

Works were expected to start in March on the multi-million redevelopment of the entire area around the Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium to create a landmark central park and green space for the Cork docklands.

The project will extend from the Shandon Boat Club to Blackrock, including grounds around the stadium and the Atlantic Pond.

The March date for construction was missed due to issues regarding the works tender document. Construction was then slated for September and a completion date was given by City Hall for summer 2020.

Revised tender documents were issued in September. The contract was expected to be awarded in November with contractors on-site by the end of this year according to responses given to councillors. This will now not happen and City Hall has said the tender process, which ended on November 15, is still being assessed.

However, Councillor Kieran McCarthy (IND) has said that a response from City Hall’s director of operations Valerie O’Sullivan has indicated that there is now a clearer timeline to have Marina Park operational.

The tender assessment process should be finalised before Christmas.

Plans for the city end of Marina Park from the Showgrounds entrance at Monahan Road.
Plans for the city end of Marina Park from the Showgrounds entrance at Monahan Road.

Mr McCarthy said: “There has been much frustration by locals and officials alike that it has been a difficult tender process. Marina Park will be one of the newest recreational jewels in the crown of amenities to serve areas such as Docklands, Ballinlough, Ballintemple and Blackrock. The Marina and Atlantic Pond are two of the most visited amenities in the city. Both have a long history and have served Corkonians for decades.

“It’s important now that the Marina Park project is kept on track and funding put aside to progress it beyond phase one and onto phase two, which includes a large playground. Marina Park is a recreational project I have high up on my priority work list.”

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