Monread Park playground is to move location

New facilities to be built at the park

Paul O'Meara

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Monread Park playground is to move location

The Monread playground

A number of changes are in the pipeline for Monread Park, Naas, including the relocation of the playground.

The playground is to be moved closer to the car park and the private gym beside the car park.

It’s understood that this is to encourage passive surveillance of the facility and follows complaints about anti social behaviour at the park.

Also in  the pipeline is the creation of an outdoor gym, similar to the recently completed project at the lakes near Ballymore Road as well as a 1500 metre walking/running track circling at least part of the park.

Both of these are Naas Tidy Towns projects and the group has applied for grant aid to pay for the work.

The completed gym will boast 40 pieces of equipment.

A year ago residents said that anti social behaviour  had escalated at Monread Park. They complained about fires being lit, fireworks let off and bikes "being driven around."

Fianna Fail TD James Lawless said the gardai should get involved by increasing the number of patrols undertaken in the area and to monitor the park itself more closely.

He added the gardai have have also taken some measures to curtail the anti social behaviour such as “taking away and blocking run away areas for these offenders to escape into.”

More recently Cllr. Darren Scully, who lives nearby pressed for a CCTV system and said action must be taken “against a few gougers who think it’s ok to drink, throw bottles and damage equipment.”

Cllr Scully also called for an upgrade of equipment there but this is likely to form part of an overall development plan for the park.