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Development Works

Development of the Sports Club’s facilities in 2017

This year represents an important stage in the club’s continued development and will see an important and substantial investment in the facilities of the Railway Union Sports Club.

As part of the Dublin Waste-to-Energy project, a Community Gain Fund was established by Dublin City Council with funding provided by the developer, Dublin Waste to Energy Ltd.

Last year, following feedback and suggestions for possible development works from each of our sports, the club made an application for funding to the Community Gain Fund for a range of capital projects.  In November 2016, we learned that we had been successful and allocated a grant to enhance the sporting and related facilities at Park Avenue. The proposed development works will enhance the club’s facilities (sporting and support) and what we offer within and to the local community.

Planning of the works is underway and the club is hopeful to commence aspects of the work during April and May with further work scheduled across the calendar year.

Further information will be provided via the website as the project progresses and a summary of the proposed works is as follows:

Summary of proposed works

We will refurbish and improve the club’s function room within the existing footprint of the clubhouse by expanding the function room and relocating the kitchen and toilets. This will enable the club to do a better job of hosting meetings and events for community groups and our sports. (timeline: April-July 2017)

We will replace the existing tired and dated patio area in front of the clubhouse with a new one. This patio will have a retractable pergotenda. (timeline: July 2017)

We will replace the existing wooden bowls pavilion with a new facility encompassing new community and meeting rooms, a kitchen area, dressing rooms, a toilet, a strength and conditioning training room, and a physio treatment room. (timeline: August-October 2017)

We will carry out basic renovation of existing facilities with new shower tiling and ventilation being added to the existing changing rooms We will also install new dividing door to facilitate more efficient division of ladies and mens’ changing rooms to meet usage requirements from week to week. (timeline: July 2017)

In consultation with adjoining residents, we will erect a new fence and storage sheds alongside Willow Field boundary. This will provide a single consistent perimeter in place of the existing range of fence structures of varying states of repair/disrepair. We also plan to put new storage booths along this perimeter for use by the club, sports, schools and other community groups. (timeline: tbd 2017)

We will extend the car parking area by demolishing the dilapidated buildings currently alongside the car park and in their place build a single new groundsman’s equipment shed. (timeline: April-July 2017)

In response to requests from neighbours we plan, following consultation with adjoining resident, to erect new ball-stop netting alongside the soccer pitches at the Willow Field and Radcliffe Hall boundaries. We will also put up four new practice (low level) floodlights beside the junior soccer pitch at the Radcliffe Hall boundary to enable the underage teams to train during winter. (timeline: tbd 2017)

We will put in a new multipurpose path or running/walking track from the clubhouse up to tennis courts around the edge of the cricket playing fields and replace the existing tarmacadam footpath beside soccer pitch and beside the rugby pitch with similar multipurpose path or running/walking tracks.

We will undertake considerable improvements to the cricket and soccer grass playing pitches. Ring drains will be installed around the cricket square and the perimeter of the outfield as well as slightly raising the surface level of the cricket square and renovating and levelling it.