CITY Hall officials are set to come up with a plan to hold concerts at Tramore Valley Park once it is opened next week with a programme of events expected to be published soon.
The council’s director of environment and recreation services, Valerie O’Sullivan, has confirmed that the local authority will look at hosting events at the former city dump once the official opening takes place next Wednesday.
She said: “Opportunities to hold concerts and other events will be explored immediately after opening and a programme of events for the remainder of 2019 and 2020 will be prepared.”
Councillor Seán Martin asked the council to consider formulating a three to five-year plan for the development of the park and connectivity, including a footbridge, with Grange and Frankfield.
Ms O’Sullivan said there is no funding in place for this but planning approval is there.
“Approval was granted by Cork county in 2018 for a cycle/pedestrian path from Grange Road to Tramore Valley Park including the provision of a bridge over the N40. Detail design for the path and bridge is completed.
“There is no funding stream presently in place to finance this project. An application will be made to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in the Autumn to finance this project to enable works to commence in 2020,” she added.
Glen Resource Centre has been appointed to manage bookings, sports, events and other activities in the park and they will liaise with schools, clubs, adventure groups and the public in regard to all activities.
The parks department of Cork City Council will undertake maintenance works.
A feasibility study will be carried out in the next few months to determine the best way to connect the park to the nearby park and ride at the Black Ash.
An existing walk and cycleway is already in place between South Douglas Road at Willow Lawn and this will be opened along with the park.
The Tramore Valley Park site is set to be used primarily as a public park but also contains playing pitches, a biodiversity area and activity trails.
The 72-hectare park, one of the largest green acre sites in the city, closed as a dump in 2009.
Tramore Valley Park has previously been plagued by access issues due to health and safety concerns about large volumes of pedestrians and motorists entering and exiting the park via the South Link Road.
The city council constructed new internal roads to the park earlier this year to ensure maximum access.