Saturday, August 18, 2012

Tramore Valley Park

The people of Cork are to get their first chance to explore the Tramore Valley Park when the former Kinsale Road landfill hosts a family fun open day next weekend.
It is planned to convert the old dump site into a multi-use public park which will include walking trails; cycle paths; an outdoor activity area including zip-lines, climbing walls and an assault course; a motor home and caravan park; and a possible pedestrian bridge across the South Ring Road linking the park to Vernon Mount and Frankfield.
A draft masterplan has been prepared for the site and will be officially launched by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr John Buttimer, at the park next Saturday.
To coincide with the launch, Cork City Council is hosting an open day between 11am and 4pm that will include a family sports day, birds of prey display, bouncy castles, face-painting, balloon-making and Zorbing.
A picnic area with food stalls, electric vehicles, polocrosse demonstrations and rally vehicles are also planned, to encourage visitors to view the masterplan and discuss the various elements with representatives of the city council.
Guided walking tours, wildlife talks, orienteering trails and an open-top bus tour will allow the public to explore the 160 acres of the park.
Michael O’Brien, a senior engineer with Cork City Council said: “The aim of the event is to showcase the potential of the former landfill in a new role as a year- round active and energetic family leisure and recreation destination,” he said.
“We hope to engage a large cross-section of the public for feedback as well.”
Mr O’Brien said the council often engaged the use of a helicopter to photograph illegal dumping or pollution around the city and that the helicopter company had kindly offered a 10-minute helicopter ride that will be raffled on the day.
Some of the money raised from the Zorbing, which involves people climbing inside large plastic balls and rolling down a hill, will be donated to the Cork Penny Dinners.
Included in the draft masterplan is an events arena that could accommodate circuses, ice rinks and food markets.
It is also planned to have an iconic statue or sculpture at the park’s high point that could rival the Dublin Spire or the Angel Of The North in Britain.

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