Work to begin on new Dundalk Athletics Track later this month

Work on the new Municipal Athletics Track in Dundalk is due to begin before the end of this month. The first turning of the sod will take place in ‘two or three weeks’ according to Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick who has been a long-time advocate for the building of a new track.
The new track will be built on the former Pitch and Putt Course in Muirhevnamor (Muirhevnamor District Park) and the ambitious project will initially see the development of a grass track and a general training area which will be used by local athletics clubs as well as the general community.
Six athletics clubs (St Peters A.C, Mountpleasant A.C, Blackrock A.C, St Gerards A.C, Dún Dealgan A.C and the North-East Runners) formed together to create a LTD company under the name of Dundalk Athletics Association and alongside DKIT and Louth County Council they are the driving force to ensure this project gets completed. The project is expected to cost in the region of €1.6m.
Funding of €92,500 from the Sports Capital Grant has been secured towards the installation of the track and this will be used during phase 1 of the project.
The facility will be managed by Louth County Council and subject to further funding it will later include an artificial surface running track which can be used to host national and international events.
According to Deputy Fitzpatrick all involved with the project are hopeful of receiving further regional sports capital grants in the near future as work begins on the long-awaited project.
“This is a very important project for the town and we are badly in need of a fit for purpose athletics track to support the many brilliant athletes we have around the County. Work is going to begin at the former pitch and putt course at Hoey’s Lane in a few weeks and we’ve been working very closely with Louth County Council to make sure everything is ready to go with regards to grants etc. The first phase will involve levelling the site and getting it ready for phase two when the track will be built. It will be a grass track initially but there is provision for a synthetic track to be added down the line,” explained Deputy Fitzpatrick.
The news regarding the new track comes at a time when the sport is booming in Dundalk with the trio of Kate O’Connor, Patience Jumbo Gula and Israel Olatende all excelling on the international stage in recent years.

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