Major revamp plan for Porterstown Park

by Gazette Reporter

PORTERSTOWN Park is set for additional facilities including a cricket pitch, 300m all-weather running track, all-weather soccer pitch and both adult and juvenile sized GAA pitches under a new five-year master plan.
The work will be carried out over the next five years with phase one to be in place by 2015.
It involves a car park extension, installation of toilet facilities, athletics long jump and a cricket training area.
It is also intended to commence work on the development of the cricket pitch.
The plan was informed by meetings between the council and Castleknock Celtic Football Club, Castleknock Hurling and Football Club, Metro St Brigid’s Athletic Club and Castleknock Cricket club all of whom had an input in the plans.
Senior executive parks superintendent Ruairi O’Dulaing said that existing facilities in the park would be upgraded in a sustainable and mutually advantageous way.
It is not yet clear what the overall cost will be but it is hoped the works will be partly funded through sports capital grants from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.
Mary Friel of Castleknock Athletics Club said they are delighted to be getting a long jump area as there had been one in the park some years ago which was removed by Fingal County Council.
Provision of the running track, she said, would be an excellent asset to the community as it would be the only one in Dublin 15.
“There’s nothing in the area. Lucan has a track and there is a 300m track in Chapelizod, but those are both private tracks you can’t book those for training.
“We hire out Santry every Wednesday during the season. This track will be for local usage only and will be a huge bonus to anybody who wants to do any sort of sprint or speed work in the area,” she said.
Cllr Jack Chambers (FF) welcomed the new plan saying it was brilliant to see the various sporting clubs of GAA, soccer, athletics and cricket collaborating in a working group with the local authority.
“This master plan will enable and enhance participation for both young and old with a multiplicity of sports using the park on a daily basis.
“Car parking is being prioritised to address the current shortage of spaces as well as reconfiguring existing pitches to maximise the park’s capacity for all the clubs,” he said.
As someone who had grown up playing sport in the park, the councillor said he was excited about how this would will develop and increase sport participation in the area.

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