New era for Lusk sport Lusk2020 groupare happy to seeastart
The ‘Lusk 2020’ sports plan that saw a range of sporting clubs in the town work together to realise a new state-of-theart suite of sporting facilities, has got a significant step closer this week with the announcement that work is beginning on the first phase a new ‘ recreational hub’ for Lusk.
Fingal County Council has announced that work has begun on the first phase of a major new public park and recreational hub in Lusk which will see a programme of improvements being carried out to existing sports facilities.
Fingal County Council recently took four hectares of parkland at Rathmore, Lusk, into public ownership and this land is the first section of a major new public park for the area.
Further sections will be added as part of the open space provision for future residential development in Lusk.
The council had been pursuing the legal transfer of the land for several years and is now able to commence the improvement work which will bring the area into use for more local residents and local sports clubs.
Local clubs, under the Lusk 2020 umbrella, supported by local councillor, Cllr Ken Farrell (Lab) have been campaigning for the provision of sports facilities in this fast-growing area.
In the run-up to the land coming into public ownership, the Lusk 2020 group produced a plan for the site and the adjoining open spaced zoned land.
This plan has been used to inform the council’s approach to the future development of the site.
According to the council, the works which are currently underway will see the playing surfaces of three existing sports pitches being upgraded and these pitches, which include a full-sized GAA pitch and two seven-a-side soccer pitches, will be allocated for use in early 2018.
A 900 x 3 metre jogging track and a 100 metres sprint track are also being developed to service the needs of local athletics groups and to provide for informal exercise and training.
It is also planned to provide a public playground on the site during 2018.
The adjoining Lusk Community College and Lusk Educate Together Schools will have direct access to the parkland.
Fingal CEO Paul Reid welcomed the start of works at Rathmore which will cost in the region of €300,000.
The council chief executive said: ‘We are delighted to have these lands in charge and look forward to providing much needed and high quality recreational facilities for the residents of Lusk.’
Lusk 2020 is a unique initiative in Fingal that saw clubs from a huge variety of sporting codes but their rivalries aside to try to deliver a suite of facilities that met all their needs and share facilities where feasible. The Lusk 2020 group who have driven the vision for new stateof-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 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.
Members of the Lusk 2020 group who met recently with Fingal County Council Chief Executive Paul Reid, Councillor Ken Farrell and staff from the Operations and Strategic Infrastructure & Planning departments to discuss proposals for the first phase of the new public park at Rathmore.