CONSTRUCTION work on Killarney’s first and only athletics microtrack is progressing at a steady pace and the committee behind the project says it is well on schedule.
The facility is located on the grounds of St Brendan’s College, on a three-acre site provided by Bishop Ray Browne through the diocesan St Brendan’s Trust.
It will benefit up to 2,000 students from local schools, athletic clubs, Special Olympics athletes and community groups. The development will include an all-weather pitch, a running track, basketball court, high jump area, long jump runway and a shot putt area as well as floodlights, parking and all ancillary services.
The initial cost of the project was set at €313,000 but that has increased significantly since it was first mooted.
The South and East Kerry Community Rural Track Ltd project, spearheaded by Killarney Valley AC, was allocated a grant of €110,000 in LEADER funding, €59,000 under the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport’s capital works programme and €25,000 from Kerry County Council’s strategic sports fund.
Over €100,000 had already been raised through various fundraising events.
The track committee is borrowing the final €140,000 required to being the project to fruition and an online GoFuneMe page has been set up for donations.
A public meeting to provide an update on the project will be held next Wednesday night in the Killarney Court Hotel at 8.00pm.
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