Work begins on Sporting Centre in Castleknock

by Rose Barrett
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Construction of a new all-weather running track and third generation (3G) synthetic sports pitch at Porterstown Park, Castleknock, has commenced, as Fingal County Council looks to improve facilities available at key recreational hubs throughout the county.

A ground-breaking ceremony with Deputy Mayor Daniel Whooley and Dublin West TD and Minister for Sport Jack Chambers, took place alongside first sod has been turned for new all-weather sporting facilities in Castleknock  Councillors and representatives from local community groups who will benefit from the state-of-the-art sporting facilities in Dublin 15 from Q1 2023. The recreational hub is in response to extensive engagements with local sports clubs and is in line with the Fingal County Council Development Plan objectives.

The new floodlit facility in Castleknock will consist of a six-lane synthetic running track built to approved international athletics standards, together with a 3G all-weather pitch built to FIFA approved standards providing for soccer and other sporting codes. 

Deputy Mayor of Fingal Daniel Whooley said: “In a young, diverse and growing area, sport is universal, inclusive and brings communities together. Facilities like this are vital in promoting a healthier and more active lifestyle. The development of this major new recreational hub will help encourage further participation in sport so that it can thrive and prosper in Dublin 15 and beyond.”

Other works to complement the facility includes additional connecting paths, blue badge and bicycle parking spaces located for convenient access to the track and pitch. The project – which is being led by the Council’s Parks & Green Infrastructure Division – will become a valuable sporting amenity for the people of Dublin 15 and the wider area.

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