Fitzpatrick welcomes development of new Municipal Athletic Facility in Dundalk
Local TD Peter Fitzpatrick has welcomed news that a new Municipal Athletic Facility is to proceed in Muirhevnamor over the summer months.
Talk of the Town revealed earlier today that the athletics track had been given the go ahead for Muirhevnamor District Park, with the hope of it being completed for use by 2020.
The project will see the development of an eight lane athletics track with associated facilities for use by athletics clubs and the general community.
Reacting to the news, Deputy Fitzpatrick said it was a huge boost for the local community.
He said: “People are delighted to hear the news. It’s long overdue and it’s great news to see something finally happening.”
The Fine Gael TD said the funding was a result of a team effort “ten to fifteen years in the making.”
Last year the Dundalk Athletics Association were awarded €92,500 in Regional Capital Grant.
He said: “I have been working closely with Fintan Reilly Chairperson of Dundalk Athletics Association and Louth County Council for the past three years on this project and I strongly welcome today’s news.
“The organisation is comprised of six athletics clubs – St Peter’s A.C, Mountpleasant A.C, Blackrock AC, St Gerard’s AC, Dún Dealgan AC and the North-East Runners. The goal of the all of these athletics clubs in the Dundalk area was to get a running track going for the last few years. It is fantastic news today to see their goal become a reality.”
The Fine Gael TD added: “If you look at the amount of 5K and 10K runs organised locally you see just how popular athletics has become around Dundalk.
“This new athletics track should and will be available for anybody who wants to use it. Even for people who go out walking at night, this will be a safe well-lit area for them to exercise.
Phase One will consist of the development of a grass track and general training area.
The new Municipal Athletics facility will add to the sporting facilities already provided in the recently redeveloped Dundalk Sports Centre.
“I think it’s a must and such a great boost in the area,’’ said Fitzpatrick.
“There are 2,000 members in athletics clubs around Dundalk and in recent years we have seen a huge increase in people keeping fit. People are delighted with the news that Dundalk will home their very own athletics track.”
The facility will be open to the public, schools, other interest groups and will be managed by Louth County Council.