Naas skatepark plans to include play area for children

THE public are to be asked for their opinion about plans for a new playground, and possibly a skate park, on the outskirts of the Naas in a forthcoming public notice.

THE public are to be asked for their opinion about plans for a new playground, and possibly a skate park, on the outskirts of the Naas in a forthcoming public notice.

The playground - it will be the third in the town - is to be built on waste ground off the Caragh Road and close to the K Leisure complex.

A total of €200,000 has been put aside by Naas Town Council over a number of years to pay for a facility for young skateboarders.

Cllr. Darren Scully said at last week’s Naas Town Council meeting that while the money was for a skate park, and skateboarding is a very popular activity, there is also a demand for a playground in that part of the town. He said Kildare County Council might contribute toward the need for additional car parking in the area because this would accommodate the overspill created by people visiting the leisure centre.

He said that because the local authority owns land there it is possible to build both facilities.

Most of the town councillors in Naas support the idea of having both facilities and Cllr. Alan O’Kelly pointed to young people skateboarding at the courthouse as evidence of the need for a park.

People living in areas close to the planned park and playground might object to the plan because of the probability of noise, said Cllr. Rioghnagh Bracken. She doubted there was an overwhelming demand for a skate park and she said that if both developments proceed, it will result in a skate park which is smaller than originally planned.

She also said that more parking spaces are needed.