‘Recre­ational hub’ be­ing cre­ated to trans­form Lusk sports fa­cil­i­ties

Fingal Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By JOHN MAN­NING

A vi­sion for the fu­ture of sports fa­cil­i­ties in Lusk set two years ago by a lo­cal com­mu­nity group be­gan to take shape this week as the first phase of works on a new ‘recre­ational hub’ for the town be­gan.

The Lusk 2020 com­mu­nity group who have driven the vi­sion for new state-of-the-art sports fa­cil­i­ties for the town are happy to see work fi­nally star­ing on the plans they drew up around two years ago. Brian Arnold, chair of the Lusk 2020 com­mit­tee, com­pli­mented Fin­gal County Coun­cil on get­ting the project to this stage, say­ing: ‘I have to say we have had a pos­i­tive en­gage­ment with Fin­gal County Coun­cil and we are go­ing to con­tinue to work with them to make sure ev­ery­thing we’ve spo­ken about and more is de­liv­ered on that site.’

He said the next step is to agree a pro­gramme of works for the coun­cil for the first phase of the project. Mr Arnold said he hoped all the fa­cil­i­ties the group en­vis­aged in the plan can be de­liv­ered by 2020 but he ac­knowl­edged that de­pends on fur­ther land trans­fers to the coun­cil to fa­cil­i­tate the much larger sec­ond phase of the project. He said those land trans­fers are de­pen­dent on the level of de­vel­op­ment in the area over the next cou­ple of years.

He said he was de­lighted that two neigh­bour­ing schools will also have ac­cess to the fa­cil­i­ties, en­sur­ing their use by day and by night.

Fin­gal County Coun­cil has an­nounced that work has be­gun on the first phase of the ma­jor new pub­lic park and recre­ational hub in Lusk which will see a pro­gramme of im­prove­ments be­ing car­ried out to ex­ist­ing sports fa­cil­i­ties. The coun­cil took four hectares of park­land at Rath­more into pub­lic own­er­ship for the project.

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