Marina Park revamp pushed out to late 2020

Marina Park revamp pushed out to late 2020
Plans for the initial phases of the Marina Park project.

WORK to revamp Marina Park is now not expected to be completed until late 2020, the latest in a long line of delays to the long-awaited project.

City Hall informed councillors in May that tender documents needed to be revised and works were scheduled to begin this month with the park to be completed by late spring or early summer next year.

However, contractors are now not expected to be on-site until November or December with completion now pushed out to late 2020.

Revised tender documents were issued for the project this week.

City Hall director of parks and recreation Stephen Scully said the latest delay is due to the complexities of the site.

“The Marina Park Project Phase One revised tender documentation takes account of the complex nature of the project on a brownfield site. Tenders will be evaluated in October, with the contract expected to be awarded in November. Work should be completed by the end of next year.” 

Documents released to the Marina Park Campaign group under the Freedom of Information Act in February stated that clarifications were ongoing with the lowest tenderer for the project.

Artist's impression of proposed Marina Park in Cork
Artist's impression of proposed Marina Park in Cork

The €15m-€20m project forms a central part tenet of amenities for the Docklands area and is on a 22-hectare site on the former Cork Showgrounds land.

Labour representative and local resident Peter Horgan has criticised the delay in delivering Marina Park.

“How many more time can this project be long-fingered? 

“What has been the delays on this? This park was meant to be done in concurrence with the Páirc Uí Chaoimh development but is still looking like a pie in the sky dream to the people in the Blackrock and Ballintemple areas. This park was meant to future proof the area for families but at this rate those with families in the area will have grown up. Delay after delay is just a thundering disgrace.” 

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

The new park will provide a wide range of options for recreation, with a particular emphasis on water-based activities, play and a range of event spaces. It will contain a central plaza, a waterway, green space, a water feature, bridges, and a stadium loop at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Artist's impression of proposed Marina Park in Cork
Artist's impression of proposed Marina Park in Cork

The works will include site clearance, landscaping, new pathways, park furniture, a water feature, and two bridges.

The contract includes a new 250-space car park and cycle path near the Shandon Boat Club.

The park will have an open framed steel structure that will house individual pod-like structures including toilet facilities and a coffee shop.

The park will not initially contain a playground due to the estimated €500,000 cost, or an upgrade of the Atlantic Pond, or the pedestrianisation of the Marina.

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