WEXFORD’s Ógra Fianna Fail branch has launched a campaign to have a calisthenics park built in Enniscorthy.
The idea of the park, which would be an outdoor exercise facility, would be to make exercise free and accessible to everyone in the community, especially those who cannot afford gym membership with the cost of living crisis.
Commenting on the initiative the branch chairperson, Ruairí Ryan said: “I am calling for a calisthenics park to be built in Enniscorthy. It would be a great facility for young people to use without having to invest in their own personal exercise equipment, plus the added vitamin D doesn’t hurt.”
Ruairí said he consulted with Minister James Browne on the matter and having done so expressed his belief that “it would be of utmost importance for the physical wellbeing of young people”.
“I know there's massive interest in this topic as young people have approached me about the possibility of getting a park in Enniscorthy,” he said
“I want to air these views," he added.
“There's one just like it in New Ross and having a park in Enniscorthy will help build community in the town.”
Ruairí said he plans to engage with the local authority and public representatives in Enniscorthy to “get the ball rolling" on the project.
Meanwhile, another young person in the community and activist for the project, Daniel McCauley, also commented on the initiative.
He expressed gratitude to Ruairí for listening to his thoughts on the idea of developing a calisthenics park in the town.
“It means a lot to me because so many people like myself love to exercise and calisthenics is a healthy and aerobic way to do so” said Daniel.