Bring concerts to the Tramore Valley Park

Bring concerts to the Tramore Valley Park
A computer generated view of the planned cycle/pedestrian bridge across the South Ring Road that will connect Frankfield to the Tramore Valley Park.

INFRASTRUCTURE developments to facilitate the possibility of future concerts at Tramore Valley Park are to be discussed by Cork City Council.

Councillor Sean Martin (FF) wants the local authority to develop a three to five-year plan for the Kinsale Road park which is due to open later this year.

He has called for the local authority to speed up plans to include a cycle and pedestrian footbridge linking the park to Grange and Frankfield and a study to be carried out to identify the connectivity between the Black Ash park and ride and the park - possibly through underground walkways which already exist but would have to be upgraded.

He believes the park could be a prime location for hosting summertime concerts if the correct infrastructure is in place to allow people to access it.

“There is a great structure there with car parks at schools and the park and ride so there is a fair spread of parking in an area with great transport links,” said Mr Martin.

“This is something that is definitely worth looking at. If that’s the case, we need infrastructure to link the park and ride and the Grange and Frankfield areas to the park,” he added.

Mr Martin also wants the Council to explore the possibility of a walkway and cycleway with Douglas and interaction with schools and the public on how the park should be used.

Events have already taken place inside the park including BMX events in the custom-built track but the park is set to open to the wider public later this year. Picture Dan Linehan
Events have already taken place inside the park including BMX events in the custom-built track but the park is set to open to the wider public later this year. Picture Dan Linehan

City Council does have plans to build a walkover bridge over the N27 to link the park to the Black Ash park and ride and increase pedestrian access to the €42m development and plans also already exist to connect the site to Grange via a bridge over the N40.

However, a pedestrian bridge across the south link would allow the park to be connected to a walkway which leads to Togher.

Plans for a bridge across the South Ring Road date as far back as 1992.

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.

Some other possible uses for the site could see a campervan or caravan park developed.

City Council is in the process of completing construction around traffic entry and exits to the park.

The 72-hectare park, one of the largest green acre sites in the city, closed as a dump in 2009.

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