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Work begins on €15m-€20m sports and ecology park in Cork marina
Demolition work gets under way today to pave the way for a vast new riverside public sports, adventure, and ecology park, which will wrap around Cork’s regenerated flagship GAA stadium.

Just weeks before the revamped Páirc Uí Chaoimh hosts its first game, hoarding will go up around the adjoining former Munster Showgrounds site before eight to 10 weeks of site clearance works starts on phase one of Cork City Council’s €15m-€20m Marina Park development.

The council has been planning for several years to develop a huge public park extending from Monahan Rd and Centre Park Rd west of the stadium all the way east to Blackrock harbour, which is itself undergoing a massive regeneration, due to be finished next month.

However, controversy erupted when the council sold a portion of land earmarked for the park, to the Cork County Board, to facilitate the stadium project.

Critics argued that the GAA plans would sever the proposed park.

However, the redrawn Marina Park plans, with the stadium and its new centre of excellence campus at its heart, went through public consultation in 2014.

City officials have now confirmed that work on phase one — the lands west of the stadium and around the Atlantic Pond — is finally poised to start.

Detailed designs for phase one should be finished by the end of July and it should go to tender before the end of the year, with construction due to start early next year, and opening scheduled by January 2019.

It is hoped to retain a central hall area of the former showgrounds for use as a pavilion, to include a covered playground, events space, and food or drinks outlet. The structure is being assessed before a final decision is made on how much of it can be retained.

This area of the park will feature a central plaza for cultural events and concerts, and a western plaza for smaller busking-style or street performance events.

Liam Casey, the council’s senior executive parks superintendent, said he is confident that people will be impressed when they see the park’s first phase begin to take shape.

He said the design philosophy has been to maximise the recreational opportunities in an attractive landscaped environment and integrate the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh and its extended campus as a “major iconic element” within the park.

“This new park will provide a major green infrastructure bookend on the east of the city centre to compliment the fully redeveloped Fitzgerald’s Park west of the city,” he said.

“It will provide a link from the Blackrock/Passage walk and cycleway through the city centre, along Mardyke Walk on to the Lee Fields, with an objective to create an off-road connection to the regional park in Ballincollig.”

The 32-hectare park masterplan was prepared by leading European landscape architects and consultants, OKRA, in consultation with the council’s parks division.

The designers focused on accessibility, activity, ecology, biodiversity, nature conservation, culture and outdoor events.

Once phase one is done, the council expects funding to be released for phase two, along the Marina and east of Atlantic Pond, to create a marshland play area, a children’s water play area with a large interactive water feature which can be turned on or off, as well as hardcourt tennis, football, and basketball courts.

This area will feature an adventure play area with a tree-top walk, high ropes, and a BMX track through woods east of the pond area, which will be developed as a picnic zone. It is hoped to provide additional boating facilities along the Marina in the park’s sports zone, which will be dominated by the GAA stadium. The area south of the stadium will be able to host outdoor events of up to 1,800 people.

The park will have two main access routes — the tree-lined Marina, and the former Cork, Blackrock, and Passage West railway line, which will be widened, with improved public lighting.

Jogging tracks are being considered, and walkways planned .


 

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Marina Park could see construction begin next month

Work is expected to begin next month on the former Cork Showgrounds converting them into the Marina Park with hopes the new facility will be open to the public by the end of the year.

There are long term plans for the multi-million redevelopment of the entire area around the Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium to create a landmark central park and green space for the Cork Docklands. The project will extend from the Shandon Boat Club to Blackrock, including grounds around the stadium and the Atlantic Pond.

Once completed, Marina Park will cover 22-hectares, five times the area of Fitzgerald's Park. While demolition of the old Showgrounds took place in 2017, construction of the new park has yet to begin.
 

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I thought I would set up a thread similar to the Dublin one for Cork city if anyone wants to discuss proposed, ongoing or even suggested public realm works.

There is a fantastic addition to Caroline Street in the city by Brown Thomas. We need plenty more of this business patronage given the slowness of the council achieving anything.

https://twitter.com/corkshopping/status/1164609358904397824

I was also very interested to see this old photo of the Morrisons Island quays before cars, hints at the improvements which could come as part of the long delayed public realm works.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B01eJI4oN99/
 

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That building on Caroline St. is great! Between that and the building on the corner (now renovated & part of the Old Oak/Cyprus Avenue complex) that area was pretty grotty.

Even better would be if the building were in use. Love the shape of it, the wide doors, tall slim windows, multi-level roof.
 

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I must admit, I’m not a fan of that type of art/building paint. I don’t know why but it looks really bad to me (like the bike shed that was painted at the UCC main gates or the hut on the Marina). However, it definitely looks 100 times better than what was there. I also love the lights hanging from the building! Last time I passed the Old Oak ground floor, there was a lot of work being done inside the café unit so hopefully it will be open soon. That leaves the Idaho building being the only poor quality one on the street - it badly needs to be painted. Now can the City Council add some trees or planters to the street, and Maylor Street? :angel:
 

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I must admit, I’m not a fan of that type of art/building paint. I don’t know why but it looks really bad to me (like the bike shed that was painted at the UCC main gates or the hut on the Marina). However, it definitely looks 100 times better than what was there. I also love the lights hanging from the building! Last time I passed the Old Oak ground floor, there was a lot of work being done inside the café unit so hopefully it will be open soon. That leaves the Idaho building being the only poor quality one on the street - it badly needs to be painted. Now can the City Council add some trees or planters to the street, and Maylor Street? :angel:
Yeah, its fine down a lane or in an area you are trying to rejuvinate but that is actually a very nice building architecturally.
 

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Yeah, to me it’s like it points out the dereliction more. It can work well, like Singer’s Corner, or in kind of ‘hip’ (terrible description but it’s the only word I can think of) areas like the Cornmarket Street/Paul Street one, but in general I’m not a fan - like the building on Patrick’s Quay with it too

Speaking of public realm, something needs to be done about Oliver Plunkett Street. A lot of the buildings on the street are maintained to a good condition, with good ground floors, but some of the larger buildings really need some paint, such as by Centra and the Ivory Tower. The road surface really needs to be repaved. It’s destroyed - lot of chips and dips, which is a problem as most people walk on it. Some general cleaning, like has been done on Patrick Street in the last year and a bit. Then tackle the airport runway on Grand Parade outside the library
 

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Any news on more fix ups to Tramore Valley Park; aside from the bridge across the South Link and the Half Moon Lane entrance the actual interior of the park needs serious, serious work
 

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Speaking of public realm, something needs to be done about Oliver Plunkett Street. A lot of the buildings on the street are maintained to a good condition, with good ground floors, but some of the larger buildings really need some paint, such as by Centra and the Ivory Tower.
Check out the wiring on that street too. On several buildings, you have big, loose bundles of wires running along the top of the sign-boards, into walls, up to the roof. Really sloppy, slap-shod work.
 

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Any news on more fix ups to Tramore Valley Park; aside from the bridge across the South Link and the Half Moon Lane entrance the actual interior of the park needs serious, serious work
Contact the council, things will only happen if people keep asking. I've already asked them about the Half Moon lane entrance but the more the merrier (they said it was being worked on so suitably vague).
 

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I must admit, I’m not a fan of that type of art/building paint. I don’t know why but it looks really bad to me (like the bike shed that was painted at the UCC main gates or the hut on the Marina). However, it definitely looks 100 times better than what was there. I also love the lights hanging from the building! Last time I passed the Old Oak ground floor, there was a lot of work being done inside the café unit so hopefully it will be open soon. That leaves the Idaho building being the only poor quality one on the street - it badly needs to be painted. Now can the City Council add some trees or planters to the street, and Maylor Street? :angel:
I'd largely agree, less so when they are fresh and new, but as soon as they get chippy and mossy it nearly looks worse, like a grim broken dolls house or something. But beggars cant be choosers unfortunately and the last thing I would want to do is discourage the minority of people that will give something a lick of paint/ clean up. In this case I think it works, across scoozi and with the lights. I would probably be just as happy with a clean whitewash and black doors and windows, but arguably a bit of fun there is helpful.

I am with you on the UCC bike shed, and even the sheds on the marina recently done up by Mad About Cork, personally would prefer a simple clean up.
 

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I just feel it emphasises the fact it’s derelict. Like putting lipstick on a pig. Anyway, the lights are definitely a great, great addition!! Brown Thomas and Debenhams need to team up and do it for the part of Maylor Street between Patrick Street and Catherine Street

 

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I think it wouldn't hurt if Dublin had something along the lines of Try Your Luck at Finding the ’Key to Paradise’ at Zenkoji Temple’s Underground Passage open a few days a year.
 

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Fairy lights are such a good cheap way of making an entire street look attractive . Why not use it more?
100%. It surely pays off in footfall and possible even security while being fairly resistant to vandalism. Hopefully the very positive reaction to this might inspire more as has been suggested above. Bulb those lanes
 

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They said another one will be coming in a few weeks. They also had those fairy lights down all of the Marina hanging from the trees and the lane separating the old show grounds and the Marquee site during the Ed Sheeran concerts and it really looked incredible. I understand them not being able to keep them there all year as they’re just going to be stolen or damaged, but I would love to see them put in other tree heavy spots. The tree lined part of the Grand Parade by the library would be a great spot for them
 
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