CORK City Council has plans to build a walkover bridge over the N27 to link the Tramore Valley Park to the Black Ash Park and Ride and increase pedestrian access to the €42m development.
There are already plans to connect the site to Grange via a bridge over the N40 motorway. However, a pedestrian bridge across the south link would allow the park to be connected to a walkway which leads to Togher.
Dr Kevin Ryan, who manages the site on behalf of Cork City Council, said the park does not have enough safe entry points and crossings for pedestrians and the bridges will be needed to ensure it is fully used.
“The park is kind of stranded, it’s surrounded by roads and it’s hard to get at with the exception of a couple of walkways,” said Mr Ryan.
“What we need is a walkover bridge so people can get in from the park and ride facility,” he added.
There is already pedestrian access from the South Douglas Road via a repurposed weighbridge. A proposed 1km cycle and pedestrian track linking Grange and Tramore ValleyPark with convenient links to the city centre is in the works.
The path, starting on Grange Road with a pedestrian walkway, cycle path and also an overbridge on the N40, is proposed to be four metres wide, almost a kilometre long, and will run through the valley along the line of an existing trail to the northern side of Tramore Valley Park to meet the N40 via a bridge over the south ring road.
The Tramore Vally 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.
The site currently opens every weekend to facilitate users of the BMX track which has been laid but it is expected the site will be fully operational and open to the public by possibly September of this year.
The 72-hectare park, one of the largest green acre sites in the city, was previously a city dump but this closed in 2009.