Tuesday 17 October 2017

Sligo's first skatepark on the cards

Neville Dunbar (27) from Sligo town who wants to set up the area's first Skatepark in Cleveragh
Neville Dunbar (27) from Sligo town who wants to set up the area's first Skatepark in Cleveragh

Zero Gravity Skatepark is the brainchild of Sligo skater, Neville Dunbar.

The 27-year-old is aiming to open the new facility at the Cleveragh Sports centre.

He said that this is Sligo's first skatepark, for bikers, skaters and people looking to practise their sport in a safe environment.

Neville explained that when he first began skating, 16 years ago, there were no skateparks in Ireland at all.

Now, the majority are in the Dublin region.

He said: "Since these parks were opened, I have seen a massive growth across the country in the various disciplines of skateboarding, rollerblading and BMXing.

"It is amazing to see the number of kids tearing it up in skateparks.

"Sligo has a fresh action sports scene that along with the established surfing and mountainbiking, is helping put the area on the map for adventure sports."

He said that a new park will enable young people to get outdoors, away from the computer screens.

"If Zero Gravity Skatepark is completed, it will be the biggest skatepark in the Northwest and have a central location in the main sports area of Sligo.

"Skateparks are places where people can congregate to practice what they love, keep fit and make friends."

He said that the park will measure 5000 square foot and have wooden ramps, with rails and funboxes.

There will also be a bowl, a skate ramp popular among skaters, at the back of the unit.

He also plans to have a shop selling products relevant to the sport.

Neville thanked those who are supporting him in his campaign and the local Enterprise Office for their assistance.

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