Marina Park could see construction begin next month

Marina Park could see construction begin next month
Plans for the initial phases of the Marina Park project.
Artist's impression of proposed Marina Park in Cork
Artist's impression of proposed Marina Park in Cork

There are long term plans for the multi-million redevelopment of the entire area around the Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium to create a landmark central park and green space for the Cork Docklands.

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

Once completed, Marina Park will cover 22-hectares, five times the area of Fitzgerald's Park.

While demolition of the old Showgrounds took place in 2017, construction of the new park has yet to begin.

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

Plans for the Marina Park to the west of Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium.
Plans for the Marina Park to the west of Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium.

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government said work is expected to start in mid to late March with a completion date of November/December 2019.

The Marina Park Campaign said they were pleased to have received confirmation from the Dept of Housing that funding for Marina Park has been approved. 

"This is phase 1 of Marina Park and is limited to the area west of the stadium. It doesn't include a playground, the upgrade of the Atlantic Pond or the pedestrianisation of the Marina and these are things that we will continue to campaign for."

"We look forward to Cork City Council starting the work on schedule in March with a view to it being completed in time for 2020."

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

"The plans for the park are exciting and will be a great addition to Ballintemple Village benefiting people living and working in the city along with those visiting the area.

"Creating public open space for young and old to interact will help build a stronger community and open up the area for the potential of Park Runs and other activities into the future.

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