Funding For Yoga And Outdoor Gym Facilities Near Lock Gates

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An area near the Lock Gates.

A LOCAL group has been successful in their application for funding for facilities near the Lock Gates.

Team Bramble have been granted €8,000 in the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP), which is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development.

The group, which does fantastic work collecting litter and enhancing areas around town, wants to build an outdoor gym and yoga area at the Blennerville end of the Canal Walk near the Lock Gates.

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Gillian Wharton of Team Bramble told that the initial application was for €10,000 to put facilities at both the Lock Gates and the area of the walkway near Blennerville bridge/Hare Street. They have to meet with the Council about it but may just decide on facilities now at the Lock Gates.

The project is partly inspired by the Rediscover Cycling Project for the over 60s, launched last month, which encourages older people to keep physically active and promotes general wellbeing.

Gillian said it would be lovely to enhance an already beautiful walkway which is used by so many people. It could be next spring by the time the equipment is in place.

They were just one of 66 Kerry projects which will share over €142,000 in funding. Other Tralee projects receiving funding are Cumann Iosaef (€5,000), Baile Mhuire (€4,500) Laharn & District Residents Association (€1,000), Foodshare Kerry (€1,000), Derrylea Residents Association (€1,000).

Grant applications were invited from community groups and local organisations across the county.  In Kerry, it was agreed that the funding under this programme would be targeted towards supporting Age Friendly initiatives; actions targeting age friendly work are outlined in the Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP) and Kerry’s Age Friendly Work Plan.

The range of projects supported include accessibility projects, the provision of comfortable meeting spaces for older people, community amenities, public realm improvements, social spaces, community safety initiatives, inter-generational projects, and creative and recreational activities for older people.

The funding is being administered by the Community Department in Kerry County Council in conjunction with the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC).

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