the prospect of a skateboard park for Newbridge has been dealt a blow after it was revealed that not only are there difficulites in finding a site but also there is no current provision in the Capital Programme to provide the €300,000 required for a skateboard park.
Newbridge Town Councillors had requested a report from the Sports and Parks Department of Kildare County Council to seek a suitable site at which to provide a park.
The report, which was written by Simon Wallace, Senior Executive Parks Superintendent, revealed that there are no suitable amenity sites that could be considered in the town that are within Council ownership.
The report also stated that Kildare County Council previously considered a number sites for the location of a skateboard park, in conjunction with two local interest groups who have actively campaigned for the park over the past year. The sites reviewed were listed as: the old swimming pool site at Ryston, Lakeside Park and Moorefield Park as these met the criteria required to provide and locate a skateboard park. However, none of these sites were deemed “to be advanced due to concerns from the two interest groups or other stakeholders involved in the suggested sites”. According to the report, these “could be considered again but are likely to face the same objections”.
It was recommended that consideration be given to providing a facility in conjunction with other sporting clubs or community groups in the town, if they were willing to provide a suitable site similar to the playground provided in St Laurences GAA in south Kildare.
Meanwhile, the provision of any skateboard facility will have to meet a number of different criteria, including being a site owned by council which is highly visible, complies with all play and recreational policy and has the agreement of skateboarders, local community and other all area members.
The funding for the development was estimated in the order of €300,000 and an additional operational budget to cover insurance costs, running costs and all equipment would be required.
- Paula Campbell