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Tramore Valley Park is still on track to open in the first half of 2016, although health and safety concerns recently

Thursday, 15th October, 2015 12:00am

Tramore Valley Park is still on track to open in the first half of 2016, although health and safety concerns recently caused the cancellation of the third park run event at the Cork City Council-run park.

The third five-kilometre park run event was due to take place last Saturday, but was cancelled two days beforehand, due to problems with parking. The park runs proved to be so popular that the car park was full to capacity at prior events, leading to the cancellation of the run last Saturday.

On Monday night, at a meeting of Cork City Council, it emerged that works to address health and safety issues, to minimise the risk to park users, are ongoing and will continue until the end of the year.

Eamonn Walsh, the Director of Services of the Environment and Recreation Directorate said that the park run event will be on again as soon as possible. He said that all options to resolve the problems are on the table and that access to the site had previously been gained via underground culverts, which are not suitable.

347 runners attended the first park run event on Saturday 26 September and 238 runners finished the second five kilometre run a week later, on Saturday 3 October.

Fianna Fáil councillor Nicholas O'Keeffe said that he hopes the park run event will return as soon as possible. He suggested that other options should be looked at, like a shuttle bus to bring people from the nearby Black Ash Park and Ride facility to the new park.

"It's disappointing that the park run event, which was very popular, has been cancelled and I welcome the measures that have been taken (to resolve the issue)," he said.

He also suggested looking at people parking at Half Moon Lane on South Douglas Road, where there is due to be pedestrian access to the park, as an option.

The nearby HSE parking lot could also be utilised at weekends, if the council liaised with the HSE, he said.

When the third park run event was cancelled, Cork City Council said in a statement: "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.

"Obviously we're disappointed at having to cancel an event but as I'm sure you'll appreciate, the safety of the participants is the foremost concern of both the council and the volunteers."

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