Cork’s Marina Park to be revamped with the next and final phase
By The Headlines, January 23, 2023 | 09:34 PM
The 70-acre park, upon completion, will be 6 times larger than Fitzgerald's Park and comparable to the size of Dublin Zoo.
All systems are going for the final stage of Cork's new Marina Park. According to Cork City Council, advance works will start in the weeks ahead and construction is expected to kindle this summer.
Located only 2.5 kilometres from Cork's city centre, Marina Park is seen as a major source of economic growth for the area and an important component of revitalising its docklands.
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The upcoming phase of the park's development will feature many exciting additions. This includes picnic areas, adventure play areas, paths, a marshland zone and restoration of heritage architectural sites extending from The Atlantic Pond to Church Avenue. All this makes this project an enticing prospect for the community.
Cork City Council has announced their intention to deliver excellent public spaces and landscaping while protecting and boosting the native heritage & biodiversity of the area.
In order to progress onto the next phase of development and build the woodland trails & paths, some existing trees and scrub will need to be cleared out in the upcoming weeks as per what was stated by the local authority.
To ensure the approved design of the park is created, 10 trees will be cut down. Additionally, as 16 more trees are either diseased or dead which may create hazards, they will also be taken out.
The city council has announced that more trees will be planted as part of a new stage of development of the park. The initiative is based on advice from biodiversity and landscape experts, with a focus on incorporating native plants to create biodiverse habitats.
The Marina Park project entails the renovation and development of easily-traversable, structured and unstructured pathways all over the park. The plan is to preserve the heritage structures within the park and create heritage trails to feature the history of the Marina. Atlantic Pond area would be improved and existing concrete edging would be replaced with a soft and hard landscape. Seating provisions for the visitors would be added.
The park will also have a natural playground to explore, as well as different play areas for kids to take advantage of, to maximize biodiversity across meadows, woodlands and marsh areas, an ecological management plan is essential. This plan should take into account the existing natural assets of the site and introduce effective public & feature lighting where necessary. Such a scheme would promote and amplify the area's biological diversity.
Additionally, certain park furniture and interesting points of interest will be installed as part of the project.
Last May, the former Taoiseach Micheál Martin inaugurated phase one of the park, covering 14 acres. He expressed his joy and admiration for this wonderful addition to both the city and the surrounding region.