BISHOP Lucey Park is set to be revamped after Cork City Council secured almost €1m in funding for the project under the Urban Regeneration and Redevelopment Funding (URDF) scheme.
Information requested by Councillor Kieran McCarthy (IND) reveals that €916,000 toward public realm works and development of the park have been allocated and a design competition has commenced in relation to a redesign.
However, the design of the public realm works is dependent on the final design of the nearby event centre project. City Hall director of strategic and economic development Fearghal Reidy said designs for the park are expected before the end of the year.
The park opened in 1985 and it is possible it could have its walls and gates removed to develop as a wide-open city plaza from Grand Parade onto South Main Street which could provide a key walking route.
Extra public lighting and CCTV cameras are expected to be added to enhance safety on the new plaza, which would be envisioned as a key access route between Grand Parade and the South Mall for pedestrians with a particular emphasis on walking travel toward the event centre.
Plans were originally supposed to be revealed in the Spring of 2018 but funding was not secured until now. Bishop Lucey Park has been the subject of anti-social behaviour in recent years and council officials are understood to favour opening up the park to make it more accessible and attractive with plans for offices and apartments in close proximity.
Meanwhile, the city council has also received €450,000 URDF funding for the design of transport infrastructure, drainage planning and local area planning for the docklands.
Designs for the transport infrastructure are at a tender stage and a strategy to address drainage has commenced.
URDF applications for the development of the north east orbital route at Ballyvolane and city parks were turned down.
Mr Reidy said: “Meetings are ongoing with the Department of Housing planning and Local Government to seek funding for strategic projects for Cork City in future funding rounds.”