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  • Northside East

Skatepark projects move a step closer in north county 

Thursday, 16th August, 2018 1:00pm
Skatepark projects  move a step closer  in north county 

The Balbriggan Skatepark concept.

Skatepark projects  move a step closer  in north county 

The Balbriggan Skatepark concept.

FINGAL County Council has appointed a contractor to construct two skateparks in north county Dublin.  

Following a competitive tender process, UK-based firm Freestyle Skateparks has been selected to design and construct skateparks in Balbriggan and Skerries. The firm has designed and constructed over 600 skateparks in the last 30 years.

Community engagement is an objective of this project so both skateparks are designed for users and spectators and will cater for a wide age-range and level of experience. 

Before tendering for the project, the council undertook a series of design workshops with stakeholders to determine their requirements. 

A key element of the project brief was that the design of each skatepark reflects and complements the character of each site and was informed by stakeholder feedback.

The detailed design process for the skatepark is already underway and concept images have been produced with construction works to commence later this year. 

It is anticipated that the skateparks will be completed and available for use within the first half of 2019.

A spokesperson for the Balbriggan Skatepark Committee said it is heart-warming to know that the local Balbriggan community and Fingal County Council can work so constructively together towards the completion of such well sought after recreational projects.  

“We know that the skaters and wider Balbriggan community alike will be very grateful for the support given to secure this well-needed sports facility,” the spokesperson said. 

On behalf of the Skerries Skatepark Committee, a spokesperson said: “Our committee is delighted and thrilled to hear that Skerries will have a wonderful skatepark to look forward in the years ahead. 

“At every step of this process Fingal County Council were transparent, supportive and practical in how we go about engaging with the community and working with the council itself, on behalf of everyone in Skerries. Thank you!”

Mayor of Fingal Cllr Anthony Lavin said the construction of the skateparks will be a wonderful resource for both communities. 

“Recreational spaces are important for residents to make connections in their communities and pursue their interests,” he said.

“I’m delighted that the council were able to contribute this project and look forward to its completion.”

Chief executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid, said: “Fingal has the youngest population in Ireland so it is vital that we invest in services to improve their standard of living. 

“The construction of the skate parks in Balbriggan and Skerries will contribute to this as it allows young people to enjoy the amenities in their local area.”

The facility in Balbriggan will be particularly welcome. According to Census 2016, Dublin’s most northerly town was deemed to have the youngest population in Ireland in towns which had in excess of 10,000 residents. 

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