PHOTOS: Tony Keane
The long-awaited Newbridge skate park was officially opened last Saturday, April 13.
The Deputy Mayor of Kildare, Cllr Robert Power and Mayor of Newbridge, Cllr Murty Aspell cut the ribbon at the skate park located at Moorefield Park.
“Great to see the Newbridge skate park officially launched. What is even more wonderful is the number of people using it on a regular basis,” said local councillor Morgan McCabe.
“Everywhere you go in town you see enthusiasts on BMX bikes, scooters and skateboards and rollerblades heading for the skate park,” he added.
“As a local councillor I was delighted to be apart of voting this project through. A great success for Newbridge ,” he added. Cllr McCabe thanked Simon Wallace Of Kildare County Council and his team for delivering the project.
“It was a long awaited, hard fought for and eagerly anticipated project for the skatepark campaigners. So its particularly rewarding to see the phenomenal success it has become already,” said Cllr Fiona McLoughlin Healy.
“Well done to everyone who played a part in turning this from a dream into a reality,” she added.
Skatepark campaigner Anthony Mockler thanked the Parks Department of Kildare County Council for making the project happen, and the people of Newbridge for their support.
"It's been a long bumpy road to get here and it's somewhat bitter sweet to have stood there without one of the people who got this thing off the ground, so I feel that this is his legacy and I hope the people that knew Rob Mockler will skate this park in his memory," he said.
A group of friends started the campaign nearly 20 years ago for a skate park in the town. There was strong opposition against the skatepark by some local residents, but the project was subsequently given the green light by Kildare County Council members in May 2017.
“The construction of the skateboard park, path and lighting upgrades were made possible by local councillors’ allocation of €130,000 of Local Property Tax (LPT) and €50,000 from development levies collected in the general area,” said Kildare County Council.