BALLINROBE Town Park (The Green) is set to be lit up in the near future to encourage more people to get out and get active.
The new development was announced at the recent Community Development Committee meeting. Chairman of the CDC, Louis O’Malley said that the lighting is ‘on stream’ to go ahead and that 17 lights in total are to be erected around the park.
Mr O’Malley said the development was part of the Mayo Sports Partnership plan to develop Ballinrobe as a ‘sports hub’ and said it would be a ‘huge attraction’ and a ‘great advantage to the town’.
“You see the amount of people that are there when the rugby or the astro turf ones [lights] are on,” said O’Malley.
Ballinrobe received €70,000 in funding for a sports hub and comes from the Dormant Accounts Fund.
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, TD announced the news in November last and Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring strongly welcomed the funding.
Speaking to The Mayo News last night (Monday), Charlie Lambert of Mayo Sports Partnership explained that the lighting at ‘The Green’ was cited as a priority at a Sports Network meeting. A quotation for works at the park is currently being worked on by Senior Executive Officer Padraig Flanagan of Mayo County Council.
“We hope when that’s done we can proceed. The Green is a hub of activity, where a lot of initiatives take place, from the Couch to 5k, Men on the Move and people getting out for a walk,” explained Mr Lambert.
He added, “It’s about making it more accessible and safe for everybody and increase its usage and maybe link it into the works on the Bowers walk. We would hope to get it under way in the coming weeks.”