Work on new Dundalk Municipal Athletics Track to get underway later this month

Work on the new Dundalk Municipal Athletics Track is due to get underway before the end of the month.

Local TD Peter Fitzpatrick has revealed that the sod will be turned on the proposed new athletics track in two or three weeks.

The track will be located at the former Pitch and Putt Course in Muirhevnamor District Park.

News of the track first came about in 2017 with the Dundalk Athletics Association set up to oversee it. The association is comprised of members of St Peter’s AC, Blackrock AC, Mountpleasant AC, Dun Dealgan AC, North Easter Runners AC and St Gerard’s AC.

The project is to develop an eight lane athletics track with associated facilities for use by athletics clubs and the general community.

Phase one will consist of the development of a grass track and general training area. It is proposed that the track will be designed to facilitate, subject to funding, the future development of an artificial surface capable of hosting regional and international events.

The track is expected to cost €1.6 million in total with funding of €92,500 secured from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport under the Sports Capital Programme being put towards phase one of the project which will allow for a grass track and general training area to proceed.

The facility will be managed by Louth County Council and subject to further funding it will later include an artificial surface running track which can be used to host national and international events.

Speaking to The Dundalk Leader, Deputy Fitzpatrick said all involved with the project were hopeful of receiving further grants in the near future to press ahead with further phases.

He said: “This is a very important project for the town and we are badly in need of a fit for purpose athletics track to support the many brilliant athletes we have around the county.

“Work is going to begin at the former pitch and putt course at Hoey’s Lane in a few weeks and we’ve been working very closely with Louth County Council to make sure everything is ready to go with regards to grants etc.

“The first phase will involve levelling the site and getting it ready for phase two when the track will be built. It will be a grass track initially but there is provision for a synthetic track to be added down the line.”