Plans for a new skateboard park in Athy got a boost this month when the town council chose Meeting Lane Car Park as the location for the facility.
The council looked at three possible locations - adjacent to the new swimming pool at Greenhills, the People’s Park and Meeting Lane car park and chose Meeting Lane because of its central location and ample space.
Just recently the Youth Cafe nearby reopened its doors and the council said this was an important link in that the responsibility of the running of the stakepark could be given it them.
“The possibility of a youth quarter with the Youth Cafe and skateboard park will be great for the town and its young people,” said Youth Cafe manager Stephen Fahy, who welcomed the move.
According to the council, the car park was a good location because the inner relief street had not been constructed, nor has the developer of the site adjacent to the east of the car park commenced development.
Currently the planning design stages are under way and consultations with local residents will take place in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, local business Pettitts has given the Athy Youth Project permission to do a 144ft community art piece.
“It is a community education piece to show that public art can be positive if done with the consent of the owner of the property,” explained Mr Fahy. “It also shows the local community and town council that given a chance young people can create art with paints and spraycans even if they are normally associated with vandalism and anti social behaviour”.