Skate Park And Tralee Sports Projects Receive Government Grants

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Minister Brendan Griffin and Mayor of Tralee Cllr Jim Finucane announcing the grant for Tralee Skate Park this morning.

OVER €1.6m in grants have been allocated to 54 clubs and projects in Kerry today, including  €70,000 for the proposed Skate Park.

The monies have been allocated under the Sports Capital  Grants Programme and this morning Minister of State with responsibility for Sport and Tourism, Brendan Griffin, who announced the grants, visited some of the beneficiaries in Tralee.

The skate park was the biggest beneficiary in Tralee with €70,000, Tralee Sports and Leisure Centre will get €40,865 for changing rooms and gym upgrade, Tralee Harriers receives €25,900 for tartan lanes and high jump area, and Kerins O’Rahillys will get €24,481 for field fencing, exercise track and floodlighting.

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Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Jim Finucane welcomed the €70,000 for the Skate Park and hoped that it would now be possible to advance the project, which has already been granted planning permission. He said former Cllr Toireasa Ferris deserves credit for advancing the project over the years.

The 800 square metre skate park, which is to be located near Tralee Sports and Leisure Complex, was granted planning permission last year and following a procurement process, Bencrete Ltd. was appointed as contractor for the construction of the facility, which was estimated to cost in the region of €250,000.

Once completed, the park would be taken over as a municipal amenity by Kerry County Council. The project has been delayed thus far due to lack of funding.

Minister Brendan Griffin with Mayor of Tralee Cllr Jim Finucane announcing the grant for Kerins O’Rahillys this morning.

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