TENDER documents have been issued for the first phase of the €7m Marina Park to be developed around Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Cork City Council is seeking contractors to build a new city Parkland that will include new bridges, waterways, earth mounds, landscaping, street lighting, a coffee shop and toilet facilities.
According to the tender documents, the work will begin early next year with a ten-month construction period. City Hall has previously indicated a January 2019 opening date.
The Marina Park will surround the redeveloped Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium and all-weather pitch stretching from Monahan Road and Centre Park Road towards Blackrock village.
The first phase of the new park will cost €7 million and cover the area west of the stadium between Monahan Road and the Atlantic Pond. This land formerly made up the Cork Showgrounds.
The entrance to the new park will be from Monahan Road close to the Live at the Marquee site.
Demolition work to clear the site began in June and was completed in September.
A new 250 space car park with road and shared cycling/pedestrian path will be built along the existing marina, adjoining the Shandon Boat Club.
The heart of Marina Park will be the site of the central hall area of the former Showgrounds. The aim is to retain a portion of the central hall and use it as a pavilion.
It will include a covered playground, event space and food/drinks outlet.
Subsequent phases will include areas around the Atlantic Pond and areas towards Blackrock Village.
Once completed, Marina Park will cover 32 hectares, approximately five times the size of Fitzgerald’s Park.
The deadline to respond to the contract tender is November 22.