Kildare County Council remains tight lipped over BMX track

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Paula Campbell

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Kildare County Council remains tight lipped over BMX track

Kildare County Council

Kildare County Council have remained tight lipped over claims that it turned down an offer to design, build and construct a national standard BMX track free of charge anywhere in Kildare where the council would provide a site.

BMX specialist Ross Dunleavy who lives in Newbridge said he has had ten meetings with Kildare County Council staff and he also made a presentation which was well received by councillors two years ago.

“Through a project that I was involved with I made contact with a businessman whose business is clearing greenfield sites for development,” he said.

“The material he removes from sites are the raw materials we require to build our facility. It is commercially viable for him to provide us with a budget of €200,000 to complete the facility if he can recycle the amount of material required to build a national BMX standard facility.

“In short we have the funding, expertise and motivation to deliver — all we need is a site to make this happen.”

KCC have yet to comment on this.

Meanwhile last week it was revealed that an online petition for Kildare County Council to build at BMX bike track in Kildare town has attracted 152 signatures.

Plans for a BMX bike track were outlined as part of the Cherry Avenue Park development in Kildare town and the petition is to keep pressure on KCC build the BMX bike track at the site as proposed.

The first part of the plans have been agreed and €1 million has been approved for the phase one however the BMX park is not included. 
According to the petition Kildare needs more facilities for children and adults to engage in sports to promote a healthier lifestyle benefiting physical and mental health. 

Kildare County Council made the proposal to develop an open access urban park at Cherry Avenue, Dublin Road Park in Kildare Town in February, 2018.

The Cherry Avenue Park extends to a total area of approximately 7.5 hectares on the outskirts of Kildare Town. The proposed site is located 700m to the east of Kildare town centre and is bounded by Curragh Road, French Furze Road and the M7 Motorway on three sides, with a green field site on the proposed western boundary of the park. 

The works will be developed in phases and are to include the construction of approximately 2.1 km of bicycle and pedestrian paths, new pedestrian and vehicular entrances, a car park, toilets and changing facilities, community gardens, a playground, teen facilities. The proposal for a BMX pump park along with significant landscaping and tree management works was also included in the original plans.

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