TRAMORE Valley Park looks set to finally be up and running at full capacity in 2018.
Former Lord Mayor, Cllr Des Cahill, confirmed he plans to formally propose the allocation of €70,000 in Cork City Council's 2018 budget to get the multimillion park open after years of delays.
Some €40 million was spent developing the public park on the site of the former landfill on the Kinsale Road. The large site was landscaped and internal roads and walkways laid down.
While the park has several pitches and a large BMX track which are used, it remains unstaffed and underused for the most part.
In recent weeks, a spokesperson for Cork City Council's parks department confirmed that the local authority intends to have the facility up-and-running by mid to late 2018, though conceded that it would cost '€50,000-70,000 per year' to run the park.
Fine Gael councillor Des Cahill said that the park has been idle for long enough and that he wants to see it available to the people of Cork.
"In Cork, we are very fortunate to have such a vast greenfield site so close to our city centre," he said.
"Tramore Valley Park available is not a facility I want to see lying idle any longer. As an advocate of the Healthy Cities Initiative, we need to take every opportunity to promote and facilitate healthy living and outdoor exercise on greenfield sites."
In 2015, a park run was staged at the park. The event was featured on Operation Transformation, prompting a surge in use. The event had to be cancelled due to fears over traffic access from the N40.
Mr Cahill wants to see events like this return to Cork city.
He said, "Tramore Valley is a vast facility that will hold many activity events like we saw with the park run. The park run movement is hugely successful is parts of Ireland and beyond and a brilliant example on this is on Bere Island in West Cork.
"If my fellow councillors support my proposal as a council we can offer a great facility to communities, resident sports clubs while also making a difference to the healthy wellbeing of the people of Cork."
Cork City Council will finalise its budget for 2018 over the coming weeks, with elected members voting on it in early November.