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  • Northside East

Skate Park dream realised

Friday, 22nd November, 2019 1:00pm
Skate Park dream realised

Fingal County Council staff, public representatives, skateboard enthusiasts and members of the local community pictured at the official opening of Balbriggan Skate Park last month. FILE PHOTO

Skate Park dream realised

Fingal County Council staff, public representatives, skateboard enthusiasts and members of the local community pictured at the official opening of Balbriggan Skate Park last month. FILE PHOTO

YEARS of campaigning by locals and public representatives for a Skate Park to be built in Balbriggan finally came true last month when Fingal County Council officially opened a new facility in the town.

As Balbriggan has the youngest population in Ireland, members of the local skateboarding community were delighted to try out their new amenity.  

On the same day a new skate park also opened in Skerries, which is designed as a bowl-style facility while Balbriggan’s new skate park is designed in the classic plaza style.

Both have been designed specifically to complement the character of the sites in each community and will cater to a wide age-range and level of experience.

Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O’Brien, who opened the parks, said at the official launch: “By providing accessible facilities like this in Skerries Town Park and Balbriggan Skate Park, the council hopes to foster a culture of health and outdoor recreation amongst users that will be passed on to the generations after them.

“I would like to thank Kevin Halpenny, Senior Parks Superintendent, his team and the contractor, Freestyle Skate Parks, for their hard work on this project.

“I would also like to especially mention the local Skatepark Committee whose support and dedication have been invaluable to deliver the excellent amenity.

“Fingal County Council recognises the importance of health and recreation in the lives of our citizens. “Skateparks provide many benefits to the community including, health & wellbeing, physical activity for children and young people, a safe and challenging place for skaters to develop their skills, and skate parks support vibrant healthy communities, just like other sports facilities and create a positive environment for young people where they forge friendships and camaraderie.”

AnnMarie Farrelly, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, said she was delighted to open the two “fantastic” skate parks that will provide the needed space for the skateboarding community in the areas.

“I would like to thank my team in the Parks & Green Infrastructure Division for their hard work on delivering this much sought after skate park and I look forward to seeing users young and old availing of this wonderful sporting facility,” she said.

“Community engagement was a hallmark of the project. A key aspect of the success of the project is that the design of the skate park was informed by the users’ needs and complements the character of bo

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