The Parks Capital Projects Department (PCP) is a Section in the City Amenities Division of the Recreation & Sport Division of the Environment & Recreation Directorate (RAES). PCP's main responsibility is the design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure for parks and other amenities. Such infrastructure works include footpath networks, access roads, bridges, car parks and drainage. The majority of the construction works are carried out by the department’s direct labour crews, which work under the supervision of the Engineer, Technician and Foreman.
Other works are carried out by specialist Contractors, e.g. laying of tarmac and the erection of railings, which are overseen by the Executive Engineer, Assistant Engineer and the departments Technician.
Notable projects recently completed by PCP include:
The 'Banks of the Lee' walkway, a project to construct a public walkway running from the old Distillery entrance at Wyse’s Quay through to the Lee Fields, involved the construction of three pedestrian bridges and around 1.4 kilometres of new footpaths. The project was completed in 2009.
The allotment development was completed and officially opened by the Lord Mayor Cllr. Michael O’Connell on the 22nd June 2011. The development works included, construction of a drainage system, paths, installation of railings and gates and the provision of site accommodation (welfare and storage facilities). The facility now provides for around 50 plots.
This project included the upgrading of the existing tennis courts and provision of a new basketball court. The facility opened to the public in 2009.
The development Dr. Mary Hearn Park was completed and officially opened by the Lord Mayor Cllr. Michael O’Connell on the 22nd June 2011. The park was developed in the southern cemetery of St. Ann’s Church in Shandon and provides an additional facility in the area, as the northern cemetery was previously developed as St. Ann’s Park. The development works included, renovation/rebuilding of headstones and tombs and construction of new paths.
This disused 19th century cemetery was redeveloped as a recreational park containing a network of paths, a children’s playground, lawns and trees. The old cemetery landscape was incorporated into the new configuration. Before work commenced an archaeological investigation conserved the details of the military cemetery. The headstones have been arranged around the walls. It was officially opened by on the 22nd of June 2010 by Lord Mayor Cllr. Darragh Murphy.
The PCP also has the responsibility of overseeing the FÁS Job Initiative Scheme (JI) within the City Council. There are currently eleven Job Initiative participants, assigned to Parks Capital Projects, Parks, Housing and Archives. In past years, the number of participants was around 200, including participants of the Community Employment scheme, with the vast majority of these leaving the schemes for permanent positions. JI participants have made a huge contribution to the Council’s capital project and maintenance works.