I have posted here before about the potential development of Pearse Park. It is an issue that has raised a lot of comment, and at times some heated discussion.
My own position has always been that the people of Crumlin and Drimnagh deserve first class, accessible and affordable lesiure facilities, and that Pearse Park was an ideal place to situate such facilties. A plan was developed that allowed for the retention of much of the green space of the park, while replacing the current derelict pool with a modern leisure centre, including a pool and a gym.
The issue of funding for this development was and still remains a stumbling block. Again my position on this has been clear - I believe that the City Council should be properly funded by the Government in order that it can deliver decent services to the people of this city.
However this government has not and will not provide this funding, which means that if we are to improve such facilities we we will need to find alternative ways of obtaining funding. There was a proposal last year to sell off a strip of land on one side of the park in order to get the money to develop a leisure centre, as well providing facilities for all the clubs who currently use the park. This would have left 90% of the park in public ownership.
As I have said, ideally the money would be provided through the funding the council receives from the government. In the absence of that , I feel strongly that it is the people from the local community who should have their say about any alternative proposals to fund the development.
Recently I came across a poster for events in the Ballymun Leisure Centre which you can view here. It gives some idea of what we should be aiming for in Pearse Park. You can see more about the centre here