Cappagh Park likely to be expanded to create a sporting campus

Sports clubs in the west of the city could eventually be in line for new grounds and facilities after City Hall agreed to a call from Knocknacarra councillor Donal Lyons to extend the area of Cappagh Park.

At Monday’s city council meeting, Cllr Lyons called for the park’s extension, “in view of the number of sporting clubs now requiring facilities”. He made his call via a Notice of Motion, under Standing Order 22 dealing with urgent business, arguing for the purchasing of additional zoned amenity land, which lies adjacent to the park itself.

“Cappagh Park is a tremendous local facility which caters for both passive and active recreation and presently caters for GAA and soccer. It is an ideal location for expansion,” he said. “If purchased, the lands could add significantly and create a fantastic sporting campus, which would also include the Knocknacarra Community Centre which is located there.”

Cllr Lyons, along with other Galway City West councillors, has held a number of meetings with sporting clubs operating in the greater Knocknacarra area, which are looking to expand their sporting activities and upgrade facilities.

Cllr Lyon’s call was unanimously passed by the council members. City council chief executive, Brendan McGrath is to examine the prospect of purchasing the additional lands, and will revert to the councillors on the issue.

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