Fingal County Council are please to announce that enabling works are due to start in coming days on the new all-weather sports pitch at Ward River Valley Regional Park in Swords. The new third generation synthetic all-weather pitch will be a full sized GAA & Soccer pitch, similar to the facility at Bremore Regional Park in Balbriggan. The new floodlight facility will be accompanied by car, coach and bicycle parking to service the needs of the pitch users and to improve access to the park.The first phase of works will see contractors carrying out limited removal of some screen tree planting (as indicated on the accompanying plan) to facilitate works and create space for the pitch. Following consultation with the public, care was taken with the layout of the pitch to ensure that the landmark mature tree on site could be retained. Approximately 330m2 of screen planting will be removed and the works will be completed by the end of February. To replace these trees, 1580m2 of new native woodland and 179m of hedgerow will be planted adjacent to the new facility. In addition, further planting associated with the proposed car park will take place as part of the overall project. The pitch construction works are scheduled to start later this year and will become a valuable sporting amenity for the people of Swords and wider area.