Junior Minister Alan Kelly has said he was delighted that the signing of the contract for the town park in Nenagh and refurbishment of Nenagh Leisure Centre has taken place. The contract was signed by outgoing Mayor of Nenagh Cllr Lalor McGee on Thursday, June 20, and is worth €2.149m. The work will be carried out by PJ McLoughlin and Sons.
“I was delighted to be in a position to allocate funding of €544,000 to the project, particularly as it had been said at a town council meeting that if I didn’t get this funding the project wouldn’t happen,” he said.
The Junior Minister recalled that last December he announced funding of €400,000 under the Governments Sports Capital Grants Programme towards the sporting components of the Town Park.
“This was the single largest amount given to any sporting application in the country under the Programme. This was on top of €144,000 I announced previously for the leisure centre,” he said.
Deputy kelly congratulated Cllr McGee on bringing the idea of a town park to reality, pointing out it had been discussed at council meetings for years.
“During his election campaign for the 2009 town council, Cllr McGee collected 2,500 signatures for a petition for a town park in Nenagh. He got huge support from the community on the issue. He said at the time that if elected his main aim would be to lobby for a town park in Nenagh.
“I would like to congratulate the town council and officials, particularly town manager Marcus O’Connor, on their hard work and commitment to the project, as well as previous town councils who allocated funding for the project,” he said.
A Jacuzzi, dance / yoga room and upgrading of the gym will be among the new additions to the leisure centre, which will also be fitted with refurbished changing facilities. The park will include an area for skateboard enthusiasts, children’s play area, an outdoor gym and walkways. Located beside the Nenagh River, this waterway is also being incorporated into the overall design to maximise the attractiveness of the location.