City officials have pledged to address access, along with health and safety issues, at a new city park following the cancellation of another public event on the site.
It is the second time in recent months issues have arisen with the staging of large public events at the Tramore Valley Park in Cork — the new amenity area on the site of the city’s former Kinsale Road landfill. It has undergone a €40m decontamination and remediation process.
Internal roads and walkways have been built, new pitches laid, a BMX track developed, and a large multi-use event space which can host circuses or outdoor concerts created as part of a city council plan to develop one of the largest public parks in Cork City.
It has hosted several small-scale events over the last year. However, a large charity family fun-day in June had to be postponed at the last minute over technical insurance issues. The issues were resolved soon afterwards and the event went ahead in September.
The amenity also hosted its first 5km Parkrun event, attended by some 50 people. A second Parkrun a week later attracted almost 240 people, putting pressure on the site’s car parking facilities.
However, the third Parkrun, due to take place last Saturday on the same day as a rugby blitz in the park, was cancelled just days before, amid concerns over the numbers likely to attend.
“The reason is due to the city council needing to do a risk assessment because of the high volume of traffic in the park and this will be carried out early next week,” a council spokesman said.
Speaking after the issue was raised at this week’s council meeting, a spokesman said the park has become the victim of its own success.
It is understood one of the main concerns is the timing of the traffic lights sequence at the park entrance, on the busy N27 South Link Rd.
Pedestrian access also needs to be addressed after the Office of Public Works ruled out, on health and safety grounds, the use of underground culverts which link the park to the Black Ash park and ride facility.
Officials insisted all the issues are relatively minor.
Meanwhile, the Cork Local Drug and Alcohol Task Force has partnered with the Southern Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force and the HSE to organise a four-mile Hello Sunday Morning road race on Sunday October 25, from the Kingsley Hotel.
The bank holiday even is designed to encourage people to take a break from drinking alcohol and incentivise that break with goals like exercise. See: www.hellosundaymorning.org
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