“This is an exciting project where a Park of over 32 hectares – approximately five times the size of Fitzgerald Park – will be created and regenerated over the coming years,” said Cork City Council Director of Services Jim O’Donovan. The plans were presented just weeks before completion of the €2.5million re-development of Fitzgerald Park on the other side of the city. The new Mardyke Gardens, due to open by the end of May, will feature an outdoor pavillion as the centrepiece with the award-winning Chelsea Garden facing the River Lee with ornamental plants and trees. retaining a few eye-catching elements of the old buildings and transforming them into key park attractions. “The centrepiece of the park will be a central plaza, flanked by a tiered grass amphitheatre, playgrounds, and a large lawned picnic area. The central structure of the Main Hall in the Showgrounds will be retained and house facilities such as a cafe, toilet facilities and community activities,” he said. The transformation continues up to the Marina which, it’s proposed, will see the road raised and pedestrianised, bringing the Marina back to its glory days in the Victorian era as a key riverside walking area.
Source: Cork Echo, Alan Healy