The major redevelopment of St Catherine’s park received a massive boost last week when the Department of the Environment made nearly half a million euro available for the work upgrades.
Environment Minister Phil Hogan announced funding of €493,385 for St Catherine’s Park, which is beside the Laraghcon estate.
Sean Phelan of the St Catherine’s Park Development Project said the funding could lead to the realisation of the entirety of the ambitious project.
“The project is very ambitious and the benefit will go to most of west Dublin, Meath and Kildare. The location is good in that a number of communities can benefit from it – Lucan, Leixlip, Clonsilla and further afield.
The project involves a playground, a BMX track, new pathways, a fishing pond and car parks among other developments.
The playground will be the flagship piece of the development and Sean says it will be an impressive facility.
Minister Hogan approved the funding from Fingal LEADER Partnership to the Laraghcon Resident’s Association for the development and enhancement of St Catherine’s Park under the village renewal and development measure as part of the Rural Development Programme 2007-13.
The project will now go back to the Board of Fingal LEADER Partnership for final approval.
Announcing the funding Minister Hogan said: “This project will be of immense benefit to Lucan with its total project costs of €657,846.
“I know this project will improve the quality of life and will strengthen the social and economic fabric for all the areas inhabitants.”
At the time of going to print, a spokesperson for Fingal County Council said the council had not yet received any “formal notification of funding” from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in respect of this project.
Mulhuddart councillor Michael O’Donovan (Lab) welcomed the funding. “I am delighted because the plans are quite ambitious for the BMX track, better walkways and improved facilities,” he said.
“This validates the fact that we went out and developed a park plan for the enhancement of St Catherine’s Park even before any certainty of funding was there.”