On yer bike for a fun day at Cork city’s newest public park

A new BMX track in Cork’s newest public park will be showcased this summer as part of a huge family charity day.

On yer bike for a fun day at Cork city’s newest public park

The track, designed and built to the highest international standards, has been developed at Tramore Valley Park — the site of the city’s former landfill at the Black Ash on the Kinsale Road.

The track, featuring several jumps, ranging from small rollers to massive step-up doubles, is due to open to the public later this year.

However, it will be shown off as part of a family fun day on June 7, organised by Bishopstown and District Lions Club in association with Cork City Council, to raise funds for the Cork Penny Dinners and other Lions Club charities.

Lord Mayor Cllr Mary Shields said the event will be a fantastic way to start the city’s summer festivities. “It also gives us the opportunity to showcase and put into use this magnificent new leisure area — one of the great examples of imaginative re-development in Cork,” she said.

Michael O’Brien, a senior engineer at the council’s Environment and Recreation Directorate who has been overseeing the multi-million transformation of the former landfill into a massive new public park, said the site will be a fantastic amenity for the people of Cork.

“This event is merely a foretaste of what is to come when Tramore Valley Park is fully open to the public in the autumn,” he said.

The family fun day will feature vintage machinery and threshing demonstrations, vintage cars and vehicles, food stalls and craft stands, children’s sports, puppet shows, face painting, fairground amusements, as well as performances from brass bands, choirs, and traditional music groups.

The event will also include a parade of horse-drawn carriages, a model aircraft display, and a major exercise involving Cork City Fire Brigade, the Civil Defence, and a Coast Guard helicopter.

Cork Penny Dinners is a long established, independent caring organisation, serving almost 1,000 meals a week to people in need.

It is funded entirely by voluntary contributions and run by a voluntary, multi-denominational committee.

Bishopstown and District Lions Club organise many fundraising events each year to support local charities and organisations, including a Christmas food appeal, Easter egg hunts, quiz nights and race nights.

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