The map below shows the area concerned. As well as building new bridges and widening existing paths, the Yellow/Orange area will be a new path.
Work is now well underway on the new bridge as seen below. They are replacing the narrow bridge with one that is a lot wider.
The area below shows the start of the 'Orange line'. The view on the left is the way it used to look and on the right, the new path is being created.
The view below shows the another area on the 'Orange' line. What it use to look like and the new wide path.
The 'Yellow' part of the new path will run behind the football pitch as shown below...
The photo below shows the new path being built. A layer of hardcore goes down first as a base and then a smooth tarmac surface will be put down on it.
This is a photo taken on Thurs 24th March. They have just started on the section by the football pitch (where the orange and yellow lines meet).
All of this work should be finished sometime in April of 2016.
So you might well ask, what is the significance of this? Other than a new path and a wider bridge, does it really matter?
This is why it is might be significant. Up to now, the western and eastern ends of the Ballincollig Regional Park have been connected by narrow twisting paths. Fine for individuals walking or running but too narrow and uneven for any sort of organised run.
Ballincollig AC helped to develop a 3km route at the western end of the park as outlined in this post from April 2015. If a 5km race was going to held there up to now, it involved doing roughly two loops which wasn't great when the paths and bridges were narrow.
With the new pathway, it means that the option of using the eastern end of the park can be used. For example, this is a potential 5k route that I put together...
It uses the existing 3km route as well as the new paths and eastern part of the park as an out and back section. Another option might be to start at the eastern end and take in the loop on the western end...
There may well be other options but what it does show is that there is now a viable 5k route contained within Ballincollig Regional Park itself.
As well as having the potential of holding 5k races there, it does raise the possibility of maybe a weekly 5k parkrun? There are certainly enough runners locally and from Cork City to justify it.
Thanks to Vincent Florish for the photos