Track building work to start by June

Jerry Griffin: spearheading the project

THE committee planning the new community athletics micro-track in Killarney has enthusiastically welcomed confirmation that the project is to receive €110,000 in LEADER funding, as revealed by yesterday.

The South and East Kerry Community Rural Track Ltd project has been allocated the grant which should be sufficient to bring the project very close to fruition.

Full planning permission had already been granted and the development will involve 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 project has a total price tag of €313,000 and over €105,000 had already been raised with other fundraising events in the pipeline.

Project spokesman, Jerry Griffin, said in time, the project will be seen as one of the most innovative community recreational projects in the country.

“With just over two thirds of the money raised so far, the project group hopes to start construction towards the end of June,” he said.

How the Killarney micro track project will look

The site for the track, donated by St Brendan’s Trust on a leased basis, is centrally located on the grounds of St Brendan’s College and it will benefit athletic clubs, paralymics and Special Olympics athletes and community groups as well as the 2,000 students in nearby schools.

The group is hoping to raise the balance of the funds required through donations to enable the project to be debt free as soon as possible. Donations can be made directly at the AIB in Killarney.

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