Funding totalling €300,000 has been allocated to Active Ennis Leisure Complex and Active Ennis Sports and Amenity Park Lees Road under the Sports Capital Programme 2015.
The Clare County Council operated public facilities will benefit from new two projects, including the refurbishment of the gymnasium at the Leisure Complex and the development of a new AstroTurf facility on the site of the existing one in Lees Road.
The projects are among 25 to benefit from funding announced today by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring.
Cllr. James Breen, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council said: “The €1.65m that has been allocated to Clare sports groups and organisations is as much an investment in the health of communities right across the County as it is in local recreational infrastructure. The projects that will be undertaken as a result of this investment will also generate considerable employment and assist the efforts of our local sports clubs and organisations to increase sport participation levels throughout Clare.”
Welcoming the funding allocations to Active Ennis Leisure Complex and Active Ennis Sports and Amenity Park Lees Road, Mayor of Ennis Cllr. Pat Daly said: “The allocation of €100,000 to Active Ennis Leisure Complex to undertake upgrade works to the gymnasium is a welcome development when one considers that significant energy efficiency and general maintenance works are presently being delivered at the public facility.”
“Furthermore,” he added, “The provision of €200,000 to facilitate the construction of a new AstroTurf facility at Lees Road complements the investments made by Clare County Council, supported by the Government, in this facility during recent years.”
Gerard Dollard, Director of Services, Clare County Council commented: “Considerable time and effort continues to be invested in ensuring the range of top class sports and leisure amenities available throughout Clare meet the recreational needs of the wider public as well as meet the highest quality standards.
“Clare County Council, working closely with community groups and sports organisations throughout the County, is committed to delivering on its strategic approach to the provision and improvement of recreational facilities such as sports developments, walking routes or playgrounds,” added Mr. Dollard.