Start of Marina Park construction put back until September

Start of Marina Park construction put back until September

Marina Park is set to dwarf other city green areas such as Fitzgerald Park when it is completed this time next year.

CONSTRUCTION of the new Marina Park have been pushed back until September, it has been confirmed.

The public green area close to Páirc Uí Chaoimh and set to be five times bigger than Fitzgerald Park, was initially scheduled to be completed by the end of this year, but it has now been delayed until early summer next year.

City Hall director of environmental and recreation services Valerie O’Sullivan said the dates were revised due to tender document issues.

“The tender documents for the Marina Park project are being amended at present to address issues identified in the documents issued to the shortlisted contractors in 2018.

“The revised tender documents will be reissued to the shortlisted contractors in early June. Works are now scheduled to commence in September 2019 with a completion date of May/June 2020,” Ms O’Sullivan added.

Documents released to the Marina Park Campaign group under the Freedom of Information Act in February stated that clarifications are ongoing with the lowest tenderer for the project, but that funding is in place and has been approved for the project.

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

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.

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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