12th December 2013, 11pm Thursday
By Bryan T. Smyth
It’s NOT an April fools joke…
Cork City is to get it’s own ski slope!
The Government have sanctioned a 21-thousand euro grant under the “Sports Nation Initiative”
for an artificial ski slope at the “Glen Resource Centre”
The Northside ski slope will be 30 metres long, and 4 metres wide.
with a gradient of around 14 percent, which is half as steep as Cork’s famous Saint Patrick’s Hill
Ireland already has an artificial ski slope in Kilternan (PRON: Kill-Tear-Nan),
County Dublin, and Cork’s smaller version will be open year-round.
Tenders for the ski slope will be sought early in the new year,
and people could be skiing and snowboarding in Cork by mid-summer
Cork City Cllr Patricia Gosch has welcomed the funding
Senator Deirdre Clune has today also welcomed the announcement of funding saying
“This is great news for Cork, I have consistently highlighted the importance of regular exercise in tackling the obesity epidemic and promoting general well-being . These new facilities confirmed for Cork today, will provide an exciting new way to exercise – which will be especially enticing for young people.
“Following applications sought from Cork (City and County) Council for the two projects – the Department of Sport and IPB assessed the proposals and in total, Cork secured almost €80,000 in funding for these innovative new projects – which I have no doubt will prove both hugely popular and beneficial.”