I was delighted to officially open the complex. Being Cathaoirleach of the County Council is an honour and a privilege at any time, but this was the highlight for me. The 25 metre swimming pool, Learner & Baby Pool, Aqua Fit Classes, aerobics studios and largest gym in Wicklow are great. The very flexible layout of the Community hall can have up to 8 Badminton Courts or other combinations of basketball courts or indoor soccer pitches & tiered seating. The music rehearsal room will be a great facility for all. Eight fully trained staff are there to help you. Details on www.shorelineleisure.ie. Drop in, have a Latté coffee and talk to the staff about using it. There is no excuse not to be fit!
It cost €17m and is the result of great deal of work from the Community Centre Group and Greystones Swimming Club over more than 15 years, and also the full backing of all Greystones Town Councillors and T.Ds. It shows what can be done when the united force of the community is applied to a problem. The funding came from many sources:
Wicklow County Council 8.5
Central Government 4.5
Builders of Charlesland 3.5
Community Fundraising .8m
In 1999, when researching how to set about getting a pool and assisting with the Preliminary Feasibility Study I spoke to a pool lobby group in Swords and they were very impressed with the support which Wicklow Council was giving as they could not get the same from their Council. We are lucky we got the funds before the 2008 cutbacks!