Popular riverside amenity The Marina pedestrianised from today

Marina Urban October

Photo taken during Urban October 2018 at the Marina, pre-COVID-19 social distancing (credit: Clare Keogh)

15th May 2020

As part of its plans to deal with COVID-19 conditions, Cork City Council will pedestrianise one of Cork City’s most popular amenities, the Marina, from today (Friday May 15). 

The pedestrianisation of the Marina is just one of a range of measures being put in place by Cork City Council to facilitate social distancing in the city and support the health and wellbeing of residents and workers, ensure public confidence and awaken economic, social and commercial life as we live with COVID-19.

The Marina is a well-known waterside amenity in Blackrock and is widely used for walking, running, cycling and by a number of clubs for rowing and boating on the River Lee.

The route - from the entrance to Páirc Uí Chaoimh to the junction with Church Avenue – will be closed to vehicular traffic 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with unmanned barriers in place. The pedestrianisation is supported by An Garda Siochána.

Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. John Sheehan said: “It’s great to see this temporary road closure being introduced as it will allow easier social distancing for people using this much-loved amenity for walking, running and cycling during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are asking people to be mindful of keeping their two-metre distance while enjoying the Marina and also not to forget the 5-kilometre rule when exercising. We have to all work together to stay the course and staying within our 5km is key to our city and country’s continued suppression of COVID-19”.

This temporary arrangement is subject to user compliance with social distancing public health guidelines. Local vehicle access to the Marina will only be allowed for residents, businesses, and sporting clubs on the route.