Exercise equipment, a basketball court, and a Learn to Cycle track are some of the new facilities planned for Holywell Park.
They come as part of the Community Recognition Fund for towns and areas that helped and continue to support Ukranian refugees.
The Holywell Park is a major beneficiary of the fund with €466,512 allocated but a number of other facilities in Swords have also benefitted.
Most notably Rivervalley Community Centre which will receive €190k to put a lift in and make the facility more accessible.
Swords has fared particularly well from this fund, which is administed by the Department of Green Party Minister of State Joe O’Brien, with some €850k coming to Swords from the €1.8m allocated to Fingal.
The upgrade to Holywell Park is described as follows:
Upgrade & enhancement of Holywell Park, Swords including provision of Calesthenics/Exercise Equipment; Half Basketball Court; Boules Area; Teq Ball & Table Tennis Tables; Informal Play Area; Ball Stop Netting; Tree Trail; Youth Hub; Learn to Cycle Track (design & build); tappable signage
Cllr Ian Carey said:
“It’s really great to see this allocation coming to Holywell Park. It’s one of the areas in Swords that hadn’t been earmarked for an improvement project and we know there are lots of young people in the area that will really benefit from this.
“It’s also a really important recognition of the efforst that people in the area made when it came to supporting those fleeing the war in Ukraine.”
Minister for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD said:
“It is right that communities that have welcomed large numbers of new arrivals are recognised in some tangible way. This fund will help those communities to develop projects ranging from large-scale multi-purpose sports facilities to transport infrastructure such as community vehicles, bus shelters, walkways, cycle paths, playgrounds and equipment for sports clubs. We want to further strengthen local communities, to further empower them to utilise community spaces for the benefit of all in the community.”
Here is the full list of facilities funded in Swords under the fund: