TRAMORE Valley Park is finally set to open to the public after funding was set aside in the budget.
Some €50,000 has been earmarked for the operation of the park, which has been underused for several years since its €40 million redevelopment was completed.
The money had previously been allocated for the design of the long-awaited Bishopstown playground in 2018, though this work was completed some months early, allowing the money to be put aside for Tramore Valley Park instead.
While the BMX track and a number of playing pitches in the park are used from time to time, access for the general public is limited due to a number of staff shortages and operational issues.
Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy welcomed the news that the park will be up-and-running next year. He said it will be key in the expansion of the city, ensuring that family, community and park life all remains at the heart of a bigger city centre.
"It will be the equal of the Ballincollig regional park in the city," he said.
"It has been years of campaigning but there is a real sense of joy that this funding has been found. Family and community life will be enhanced by this enormous resource."
Mr McCarthy also encouraged the city to tap into European funding grants for urban centres to advance other projects in the coming months.
EU funding is being used in a number of city projects next year, including the Harley St bridge development, and the Independent councillor said there are a number of similar options available to the local authority.