Teenagers campaign for skatepark in Raheen area

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Skate park campaigners Conor O’Mara, Luke Ryan, Shane McHugh and Calen Martin.

A GROUP of young people from Raheen, Dooradoyle and Mungret have come together to launch a campaign to get a skatepark for the area.

The park would be designed and delivered for young people who skateboard, rollerblade, BMX and scoot. Most importantly they say it can become a place where young teens can just hang out, something they say there is an absence of in the area.

Sixteen-year-old Shane McHugh from Raheen told the Limerick Post that he feels there is nothing for his age group in the area, something, he says, that has been made very clear during Covid.

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“Before Covid unless you are into team sports there is little or no options available for you. We really believe this skatepark would be much more than just a place to skate, it would be a place to hang out and connect with friends our own age,” Shane explains.

The group has started an online petition to kickstart their campaign, which they hope to bring to Limerick City and County Council. The petition has already accrued around 600 signatures.

“We are really excited to see so many other young people agree with what we are trying to do and it shows that a skatepark would be really well used and a huge success if Limerick Council delivered one. We really want people to keep signing up and to help us achieve this,” said 16-year-old Calen Martin from Dooradoyle.

Conor O’Mara, a 16-year-old student at Mungret Community College, feels a simply laid out park would offer a lot.

“We have lots of ideas in terms of what it would look like. We have already met with and connected with professional skateboarders who have given us lots of tips and we have also looked at other parks across Ireland and the world,” he revealed.

The group has already met with and gained the support of Raheen-based councillor Daniel Butler who works with young people in his profession.

”We are seeing more and more young people leaving team sports so we need to adapt to that. This park, like other skateparks will become a place where young people connect and gather with peers and I am delighted to support this group of young people who are driving this, putting forward a very strong case. We hope to meet Limerick Council in the coming weeks to see what our options are,” Cllr Butler said.

The petition can be found online at https://www.change.org/p/limerick-city-and-county-council-skatepark-for-raheen-dooradoyle-mungret-area