THE Limerick Regional Athletics Hub in Newcastle West is nearing completion with the final layering of the track surface due to take place next Spring.
The process of applying the final layer to World Athletics standard track is weather dependent. A significant increase in rainfall last month, means the climate conditions are now not conducive to laying the final layer before the spring.
Limerick City and County Council Community Director Gordon Daly said that the delay was necessary to ensure this top class facility is built and maintained to the highest possible standard.”
Senior Executive Engineer Ben Noonan added: “Laying a sports track surface of this standard requires specific climatic conditions. September had 44 per cent more rainfall when compared to last year and 148 per cent more than September 2020.
“In order to ensure we have a track to the highest of standards we must adhere to best practice and expertise thus lay the track when the weather conditions are conducive to doing so.
“All other works on the site will be completed by the end of 2022,” he added.
As well as the floodlit athletics track, the hub also includes a fully lit walking path on the track perimeter, provision for field sports such as shot putt, discuss, hammer, javelin, long jump, high jump and pole vault as well as a parking area, toilets and water point.
Funded was provided by Limerick City and County Council, the JP McManus Benevolent Fund, the Large-Scale Sports Infrastructure Fund and the Department of Local Government.