New era for Lusk sport Lusk2020 grou­pare happy to seeas­t­art

Fingal Independent - - NEWS - JOHN MAN­NING

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.

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