REVAMPING Bishop Lucey Park is high on the list of priorities for City Hall.
Ann Doherty, the chief executive of Cork City Council, said they are hopeful of revamping the city centre park to make it more inclusive for all users.
Specific plans have yet to be drawn up, though, with the project dependent on national funding.
The redevelopment of the park was included in Cork City Council’s submission to the Urban Regeneration Development Fund. It was part of the broader development in the Grand Parade area.
While partial funding was approved by the State for the elements of the Grand Parade projects, the government has yet to inform City Hall which aspects are covered.
Ms Doherty said she hopes to move the park project ahead sooner rather than later.
“I am very mindful that if a city is to work, it has to become areas of community and neighbourhood,” she said.
“In the last census, we saw the number of people in the city grow and that is likely to continue in the coming years so we have to figure out how to create space for them.
“One of the things on our list to do is to alter Bishop Lucey Park to make it more open and part of the public space around Grand Parade.”
Once funding is secured, a public design competition will be held, she added.
The project is just one of several park plans on the city’s agenda.
By mid-2019, the necessary traffic infrastructure works at the long-awaited Tramore Valley Park should be complete, according to Ms Doherty. This should allow the park to open.
“We had to put certain arrangements in place to make it work. We have committed the resources and found a solution to make that work. That project will be going ahead in 2019,” she said.
Tenders for Marina Park are also under evaluation at the Department of Local Government, potentially clearing the way for further works in the area.