Tennis Pavilion set to get a new clubhouse
THE Tennis Pavilion at Springhill Park, Mount Albany is in line for a long overdue upgrade.
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council have proposed to build a new clubhouse at the Foxrock facility, which comprises of playing piches, five tennis courts and a playground.
At the moment a container is used as a clubhouse, but now the council have committed to removing it.
The new building will include ladies and gents changing rooms and showers and a meeting room for committee meetings.
There will also be a "flexible space" for indoor coaching. One of the most impressive features is an external viewing area.
In architectural reports prepared by the council the design is described as one that will fit in with the surrounding park area.
It is also proposed, as part of this scheme, to install bicycle stands beside the courts and new clubhouse. Most users are local and walk to the park, the report notes.
"It's great news for the area and for the club as it's quite an active club," local councillor Barry Ward said.
"People from all over the area use the facilities and it will be a great boost for the players," he added.
The Fine Gael councillor said he had asked planners look at the prospect of adding a carbon bio-diversity garden on the roof of the building, but that it was too far into the planning process to consider doing that. The plans are out to public consultation, which will close on September 14. They can be viewed online via Dun Laoghaire County Council's Consultation Hub.
Following the consultation local councillors will be asked to sign off on the development of the park.