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Skatepark gets the official seal of approval

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By Michelle Crean

Skateboarders from Killarney and beyond will be delighted to hear that plans for the €220,000 new dedicated state-of-the-art skatepark have been given the official seal of approval.

The new fun facility for anyone interested in the sport will be developed at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre and it's hoped to be up and running early next year.

Six councillors in attendance at Wednesday's Special Killarney MD Meeting, held in the ANAM Cultural Centre in town, voted in favour for it to go-ahead. Cllr John O'Donoghue was absent from the meeting.

There were 26 submissions for the skatepark, the majority of which agreed that it would be a positive addition for the youth of the town.

The skatepark's surface will be constructed using a smooth durable concrete to minimise noise pollution. Access to the facility will be by way of 1.8m wide concrete footpaths located within the grounds of the complex.

The skatepark will be insured and maintained by Kerry County Council and there'll be a 2.4 high perimeter fencing surrounding the facility with two lockable access gates, and CCTV.

The skatepark opening hours during winter are planned from 9am to 6pm and during the summer from 9am to 9pm, as agreed by the councillors at the meeting. During the night it'll be closed to the public with no lighting to discourage any anti-social behaviour.

The Council have agreed to co-fund the project in the amount of 30% and it's hoped further funds will be made available from the Sports Capital Grant which will be announced this November.

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The idea for the project was suggested by Cllr Donal O'Grady three years ago to give skateboard enthusiasts a dedicated place for the sport in town. Many sites were looked at and plans had been ongoing in the background with the support of Town Manager Angela McAllen and County Manager Moira Murrell.

During Wednesday's meeting Cllr Grady positively welcomed the project and thanked everyone involved for their support.

"I'm so grateful to everyone who was involved, including my fellow councillors," he said. "I thank Kerry County Council, they put a lot of work, certainly our county manager, she's put a lot of work in there providing the site. It's something that we as a Council can be very proud of, I've no doubt in my mind about that. We have a lot of work to do to iron it out to make sure it's top of the range."

He added that the KDYS came on board to represent the youth of the town which he's also very grateful for.

In their submission, Killarney Skatepark Committee, signed by Chairperson Sean Murphy and Secretary Barry Coen, said that "the group is committed to supporting the building of a purpose built facility in Killarney for skateboarding, BMX riding, rollerblading, scooter and or other craft that may join the realm of extreme sports in the future". 

"Through this letter, we wish to pledge our full support for a skatepark; a project which we firmly believe has the potential to benefit the wider community. Skateparks are proven amenities in providing an opportunity for (young) people to socialise in a safe environment, through a sport which offers significant physical and mental benefits. We also believe that the skatepark will diversity what Killarney has to offer to the many tourists who visit our town each year, in turn supporting local businesses."

Councillor Niall Kelleher welcomed the skatepark and said he "was absolutely blown away by the engagement from the community" for this project.

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“I’m not fit enough”

How many of you have said or thought “I’m not fit enough” or even heard others say it? Quite frankly it grinds my gears. That mentality is going to hold you back. Change your “I’m not fit enough” to “I will get fit”. Break free from this limiting belief If you think you are not […]

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How many of you have said or thought “I’m not fit enough” or even heard others say it?

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Lack of street lights a concern

By Sean Moriarty Two roads in the wider Killarney area will not get any additional street lighting despite requests to install them by Cllr. John O’Donoghue. Mr O’Donoghue called on the council place extra lighting on the Muckross Road near the old Whitegates Hotel. “The area is considerably darker now and is presenting a serious danger […]

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Two roads in the wider Killarney area will not get any additional street lighting despite requests to install them by Cllr. John O’Donoghue.

Mr O’Donoghue called on the council place extra lighting on the Muckross Road near the old Whitegates Hotel.

“The area is considerably darker now and is presenting a serious danger to pedestrians crossing the road, particularly between Woodlawn Cross, and what was formerly the Whitegates Hotel,” he told a recent meeting of Killarney Municipal District.
The council said that the area was subject to a recent upgrade and that additional lighting would not be installed along this section of road on top of the 19 LED lights already placed there.”
“The lighting was installed, commissioned, light levels checked and provides adequate illumination to meet the relevant lighting design standards,” a council spokesperson told the meeting.
Mr O’Donoghue also called for a new street light to be placed on the junction where the L.3015 meets the slip road by Glenflesk National School: “to facilitate the safe passage of school children walking home during the Winter months.”
Kerry County Council reviewed the request but said: “This proposal would not comply with Kerry County Council’s Public Lighting Policy.”

COMMENT BY KILLARNEY ADVERTISER

While this Killarney Municipal District meeting took place hours before the horrific murder of Ashling Murphy in Tullamore, it drives home the importance that all our citizens are entitled to feel safe in their locality. The addition of a few extra street lights in the areas mentioned is not too much to ask.

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