Tuesday 20 March 2018

Skate park gets go-ahead

THE LONG awaited green light for the first skateboard park for Drogheda was given at the meeting of the Borough District of Drogheda signaling the end to over ten years of battling.

Assurances were given that the facility will be completed and ready for use by the end of this year, and former Cllr Ken O'Heiligh was congratulated for his part in making this dream a reality.

'We have now successfully come through the planning stage and this is to be warmly welcomed, 'said the former councillor following Monday's meeting in Barlow House, Drogheda.

'Skate boarding has a huge following in the Drogheda area, and the skateboarders have worked very hard on the details of the design of the park and they are to be commended for their commitment to their chosen sport..'

The decision was warmly welcomed by the councillors, with all paying tribute to Mr O'Heiligh's dedication to the facility, along with the contribution of another former councillor Dom Wilton.

'I do hope it will be completed while the weather is still fine,' commented Cllr Imelda Munster.

'Some of the skateboarders have been waiting that long, they are pushing prams of their own.'

'Ken O'Heiligh did a great job in delivering this facility, and in picking the ideal location,' added Cllr Richie Culhane.

'It will enhance the town, and I hope it will have CCTV coverage 24/7 to keep it a safe facility for the young, and even older, people of the town.'

Council engineer Pat Finn said the planning had been approved, with two conditions - that all debris is removed from the site, and transport is approved.

'It will proceed to tender immediately, and then move into the construction stage, so we do expect the park to be complete before the end of this year,' he said.

Ken said it had been 'a long journey - almost 12 years wait, but hopefully worth the wait.

'Skaters can look forward to having a central role in the final phase which will insure that a modern design model is delivered,' he said.

Drogheda Independent