City Parks

 

Fitzgeralds Avenue

Bonfire Night-Removal of bonfire materials

The Parks Department has had crews removing bonfire material early each morning for the past week, and will continue to do so today, particularly where there is a risk to health and safety, property and power lines. It should be noted that material can only be removed if unlit.

Any calls in relation to the removal of bonfire material today should be made to the Call Centre 021 4924000 and after hours to 021 4966512.

Any call regarding a serious fire should always be made to 999

COVID-19 Update

Park Rangers

All of our parks and walkways remain open at this time. Our busiest parks and walkways will be patrolled by Park Rangers who will ensure that social distancing is observed.

Park Opening Hours

All Parks open at 8.30am Monday to Friday and at 10am every Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday. 

 

Closing Times
Jan5.00pm
Feb5.00pm
Mar6.00pm
Apr8.00pm
May9.00pm
June10.00pm
July10.00pm
Aug9.00pm
Sept8.00pm
Oct6.00pm
Nov5.00pm
Dec5.00pm

Events in City Parks

Parkrun Glen River Park

Parkrun

Parkrun, a timed, 5k run for people of all abilities and levels of fitness takes place every Saturday at 9.30 am at the Glen River Park. See www.parkrun.ie/glenriver for more details.

Please note that the parkrun on April 4th is cancelled due to COVID-19

Tree Services

If you believe that a tree in a public green area is in need of attention, please call us on (021) 4924333/4924132/4924041 and we will request our tree surveyor to take a look at it.

Any incidences of fallen trees outside of office hours can be reported to 021 4966512. In any emergency, calls should be made to 999.

Fitzgeralds Park

Fitzgerald's Park is the largest public park in the city and if you are so inclined the Public Museum is located at the main entrance to the Park.

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Fitzgerald's Park was originally the site of the Cork Exhibition, held in 1902/03, a commercial and industrial showcase for the city economy.  The grounds were laid out in a part formal, part romantic design with a large pond and fountain as the focus.  After the exhibition the grounds were made over to Cork Corporation to be managed for the benefit of the people of Cork.  The Park is named after Edward Fitzgerald who was Lord Mayor of Cork 1901 – 1902 and Chairman of the Exhibition Committee of the Incorporated Cork International Exhibition Association.  

The park still retains a mix of formality and romance, with trim geometric flower beds contrasting with winding wooded paths - trees slant over a riverbank that is dotted with haphazard plantings of bulbs and herbaceous perennials, while a pristine rose garden is a riot of colour in June and July.   The small Arts and Crafts style building, now known as the President and Lord Mayor’s Pavilion, was originally the ladies’ rest room and tea rooms of the Cork Exhibition.   Cork Public Museum is situated in the Park in the house known at the time of the Exhibition as ‘The Shrubbery House’, which served as the administrative Centre for the great undertaking.  A wing has been added, in cool modern style, to complement the severe Georgian lines of the building.  Tucked in between the Museum and the riverbank is a cafe with indoor and outdoor tables, a perfect place to sit and contemplate life. 

 

The Lough

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The Lough is one of Cork’s most striking natural features. Its presence as an amenity to the public is important in an area that has undergone immense urbanization during the last century. Cork Lough is a substantial lake measuring about 350m long by about 180m wide, fed by underground streams. It is situated in a topographical depression in the central park of the Cork valley . The Lough hosts a wide variety of wildlife.  It is an important habitat for a large bird population some of which are migratory.  Details of the birdlife are posted around the Lough to assist in identification. It is not permitted to feed bread to the birds as it is  harmful to their digestive systems and leads to deterioration in water quality for both fish and birds.

Please note that fishing at the Lough is currently prohibited due to an outbreak of carp edema virus (CEV).

Bishop Lucey Park

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This very popular park is located in the City Centre on the Grand Parade, with entry from Tuckey Street and South Main Street as well. This park was opened in 1985 as part of the City’s 800th birthday celebrations.  Named after Cornelius Lucey, a Bishop and Freeman of Cork (1952-1980), it occupies a previously derelict site . The entrance Archway was reconstructed from the Cork Cornmarket, dating from 1850.  The park includes a sculptured fountain of eight bronze swans, representing the 800 years of the city since the Norman City Charter was granted in 1185 A.D (the original monastic settlement was founded earlier, in the 6th c. by St. Fin Barr). In the course of clearance and construction , archaeologists found portions of the early city walls exposed and preserved just inside the entrance.   

Atlantic Pond & Mahon walkway

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The walkway/cycle track extends along the Old Passage Railway line from The Marina at the northern end to Rochestown at the southern end . The distance from the Marina to the Rochestown bridge is 3 kilometers.A branch of the walk leaves the Railway Line near this bridge and veers eastward towards Lough Mahon skirting the Douglas River estuary for a further two kilometers, returning onto the Skehard Road near Ringmahon Point. There are fine views of the harbour from the coast walk, especially of picturesque Blackrock Castleharbour from the coast walk, especially of picturesque Blackrock Castle.

Shalom (Peace) Park

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Shalom Park at Monerea Terrace was developed in 1989. The land for this amenity was kindly donated by Cork Gas Company , who also provided the lighting within the park.  The park name commemorates the Cork Jewish community, which originally settled in this area of the city having arrived as refugees.  The park contains lawn, seating, bedding and herbacious borders and a children's playground

Kennedy Park

Kennedy Park at Victoria Avenue is named after, former U.S. President John F. Kennedy who visited the Park on 28th June 1963. The park consists of 7.5 acres laid out in formal recreational areas and recently upgraded walkways.

Tory Top Park

Tory Top Park at Tory Top Road is a 7.5 acre park comprising walkways, playing pitch, multi-user games area (soccer and basketball) and a small skate park.  The formal section consists of lawns, seasonal bedding areas, walkways, benches and a bandstand.

The Glen Amenity Park

The Glen River Park is a natural river valley located at the Glen on the northern side of Cork City. The narrow, meandering Glen River flows through the valley which in the eastern end is relatively wide with gentle inclined slopes and in the western end is narrow with very steep slopes. The vegetation of the valley varies from gorse, heather, bracken to mixed deciduous trees to grass.  The wildness is a huge part of its charm and a valuable resource of natural heritage in the City.

A Parkrun takes place at 9.30 am every Saturday morning, for more details see www.parkrun.ie/glenriver/

Marina Park Development

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Marina Park is a new contemporary City Park situated within the South Docklands and extending from Shandon Boat Club to Blackrock Harbour with an approximate area of 32ha. The park is central to the redevelopment of the South Docks Area, as it will form the primary parkland area in a high density mixed use residential and business area.The redeveloped Pairc Uí Chaoimh stadium is incorporated as an integral element of the park.

The iconic park will provide a wide range of passive and active recreation elements with a particular emphasis on water based activities, play and a range of event spaces. All elements will be seamlessly accommodated into a varied and visually attractive landscape that respects the existing natural features and heritage of the area.

Map of City Parks

To see a map of City Council park locations, click here 

Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Bye-laws

See The bottom of the page for a copy of our Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Bye-laws 2011

Japanese Knotweed

Alien Invasive Floral Species in Cork City

Cork City Council acknowledges that the management of alien invasive flora species including Japanese Knotweed is a serious concern and involves considerable resources .To that end the Heritage Officer and the Parks Section of Cork City Council undertook a survey in 20116 to identify and map the location of Alien Invasive Flora Species including .Japanese Knotweed in Cork City. A programme of eradication commenced in 2017 and will be phased ( in line with available resources ) over the coming years to achieve full eradication

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Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed is classified as one of the top 100 worst invasive species worldwide because of its serious impact on biological diversity, impact on human activity and its capacity to invade new environments. It is widely distributed across Ireland and is an increasingly common sight on waste ground, the fringes of our waterways and roads and in our wetland habitats.

 

How do you recognise it?

The stem structures are distinctive with a green hollow bamboo like appearance and dotted with dark blue-purple speckles. Leaves are oval with a pointed tip, and have a distinctive zig-zag growth pattern on the stem.

The off-white coloured flowers are small and clustered and hang from the joint of the stem and the leaf. They flower from August to October. The roots are tough, thick and wood like in their appearance. If snapped they show a bright orange colour inside and have a consistency similar to that of a carrot. New rhizome growth is white in appearance and can be delicate. These root structures can extend up to 7 m in a lateral direction (but usually only up to 5 m) and 2m deep from the over ground parent plant.

During the winter season the stems become an orange-brown colour which may stay in place for a number of years. The new growth during spring is indicated by shoots of a red-purple colour with rolled back leaves, growing rapidly along the length of the roots.

 Japanese Knotweed seasons

Where do you find it?

Japanese knotweed is now very common and widely distributed across a variety of habitat types in Ireland. It is most prominent on roadsides, waste ground and in wetland habitats where it out competes native species and forms dense thickets. It is now very well established along river banks, roadsides and on waste ground throughout the city.

 

What should you do if you find Japanese Knotweed?

Prevent further spread

If you do find Japanese knotweed on your property, the most important thing that you can do is prevent any further spread of the species. Do no strim, cut, flail or chip the plants as tiny fragments can regenerate new plants and make the problem even more difficult to manage. It is also advised not to dig, move or dump soil which may contain plant material as this may contribute to its spread.

 

Management and treatment

The eradication of Japanese Knotweed requires careful consideration and planning. It can be successfully controlled through the application of appropriate herbicides by a competent person but it will require follow up treatments for a period of up to 5 years. It is important to get expert help before tackling an infestation and advise on the subsequent treatment of contaminated soils and disposal of dead plant material. Further information on

Management and Treatment can be found on the Invasive Species Ireland website @

http://invasivespeciesireland.com/toolkit/invasive-plant-management/control-programmes/

 

Further Information

Further information on Japanese Knotweed can be found on

Contact Us

If you have any comments, queries or requests regarding Cork City Parks or green spaces please contact us at recreation@corkcity.ie  

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