Tramore Valley Park

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Tramore Valley Park
Type Public Park
Location Cork, Ireland
Coordinates 51°52′40″N 8°27′33″W / 51.87778°N 8.45917°W / 51.87778; -8.45917Coordinates: 51°52′40″N 8°27′33″W / 51.87778°N 8.45917°W / 51.87778; -8.45917
Area 160 acres (65 ha)
Status Partially open (as of 2017)

Tramore Valley Park is a park being developed on the southside of Cork in Ireland.[1] It is planned to have an area of 160 acres (65 ha) and the site is located on the city's previous landfill,[2] which ceased operation in 2009.[3] While parts of the park opened in mid-2015 (including a BMX track),[4] and some events have been ongoing in the park since September 2015 (including a recurring parkrun),[5][6] as of 2016, not all parts of the park had opened.[7][8] While planned to open by mid-2016,[9] as of late-2016, access and parking issues[10][11] had delayed the opening of the park on a broader scale or to larger events.[7][8]

Location[edit]

The park boundaries are triangular in shape, marked on the south-side of the site by the South Ring Road (N40), on the north-west by the South Link Road (N27), and on the north-east by housing estates off the South Douglas Road. Neighbouring suburbs include Douglas, Turner's Cross, Ballyphehane, Frankfield and Grange.[12] As Grange lies across a busy dual-carriageway, consideration is being given to the provision of a pedestrian access bridge.[13][3]

Electricity generation[edit]

When completed, it is expected that almost €40m will have been spent sealing off the rainwater waste and harvesting any gas produced by the former landfill. It is planned to use this gas to generate 0.5MW of electricity - enough to power approximately 400 to 500 local homes.[3][14]

Bordering suburbs[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aoife Barry (9 September 2012). "Explainer: How do you turn a landfill into a park?". The Journal. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Alan Healy (18 August 2012). "Public get chance to explore landfill site park at fun day". Eveningecho.ie. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Alan Healy (29 July 2014). "Cork's new Super-Park". Eveningecho.ie. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Alan Healy (12 June 2015). "BMX Biking Gets New Cork Home". Evening Echo. 
  5. ^ "Tramore Valley parkrun | Tramore Valley parkrun". Parkrun.ie. Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  6. ^ Alan Healy (8 August 2015). "Parkrun is added to Tramore Valley events". Evening Echo. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Kieran McCarthy (7 December 2016). "Tramore Valley Park Update, December 2016". Kieranmccarthy.ie. 
  8. ^ a b Kevin O'Neill (29 July 2016). "Call to Fully Open 1.6 Acre Tramore Park". Evening Echo. 
  9. ^ Eoin English (2 December 2015). "New Cork city public park should open in summer". Irish Examiner. 
  10. ^ Eoin English (16 October 2015). "Council vows to address Tramore Valley park access problems". Irish Examiner. 
  11. ^ Brian Hayes Curtin (15 October 2015). "Tramore Valley Park is still on track to open in the first half of 2016, although health and safety concerns recently". Cork Independent. 
  12. ^ Eddie Cassidy (22 August 2012). "Plans for extensive "Central Park for Cork" to go on display". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  13. ^ Tramore Valley Park Masterplan (PDF) (Report). Cork City Council. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  14. ^ Eoin English (11 December 2015). "Dump gas powers up to 500 homes in Cork city". Irish Examiner.