Field of dreams: Plans for €15m sports campus for North Wicklow revealed
A €15m plan for a sports campus that will incorporate soccer, GAA, hockey and skate boarding in north Wicklow has been revealed.
Although not included in the report, it is believed the campus would be located on a 20-acre site on the far side of the N11 from Bray near to Fassaroe as part of the new housing development planned for the area.
An 80-page report entitled Bray Sports Village, seen by WicklowNow.ie, outlines the findings of a survey which asked 22 local sports organisations in the area what they needed for the future.
Consultants Repucon found that that there 5,174 playing members, with 1,700 playing soccer, 880 playing GAA, and 670 playing hockey.
The proposal would see local soccer clubs, Enniskerry FC and Ardmore Rovers, which cater for hundreds of children every week but have no little ground facilities, share pitches.
Wicklow County Council will now progress to a feasibility study to to assess the viability and funding models for the three options outlined by Repucon: Athletics Model, Indoor & Multi Pitch Model and All Weather Model.
All models include variations on the following: 4G pitches accommodating two full size soccer or one full size GAA pitch; a grass pitch accommodating two full size soccer or one full size GAA pitch; a 2G hockey pitch; a four-court sports hall; changing rooms; a jogging and cycling route; a skatepark area, and storage for sports equipment.
In November 2017, a public meeting was held to discuss the possibility of a sports campus at Old Fassaroe at the Esplanade Hotel in Bray and was attended by Ardmore Rovers, Enniskerry FC, Enniskerry Boxing Club, Glencormac United, Wicklow County Cricket Clyb, Greystones Mariners Baseball, Bray Hockey Club, East Coast Cyclones Roller Derby and People’s Park Users.
Cosgrave Property Group was granted planning for a development at Fassaroe and Monastery, comprising of 390 apartments, 269 houses, a neighbourhood centre, creche, district park, parking and new road as part of a first phase in a development of around 1,800 units.
However, An Bord Pleanala overturned the decision but it is believed Cosgrave are appealing the decision.