LIMERICK councillors were rolling along this week as they allocated funding for a feasibility study for a skatepark in Mungret Park at this Monday’s Metropolitan District meeting.
The allocation of €25,000 was made from councillors’ General Municipal Allocation (GMA), a fund controlled by council members for community initiatives.
Fine Gael councillor Daniel Butler told the Limerick Post after the meeting that he was delighted to get this across the line as he has been involved over the last couple of years in a campaign for a skatepark for the area.
“The idea is that it would not just be for skaters but also BMX riders and scooter users also,” the Raheen-based councillor explained.
Cllr Butler continued: “I am delighted to see the feasibility study emerge for the Mungret Park as it could be much more than a skatepark for older young people but also a social area for them to gather with their peers, which is something that is missing in the area.
“Once you go into your teens currently there is nothing for you in Mungret Park so this could be an important addition. I would like to acknowledge the work of a local group of young people from Mungret Community College who approached me about the idea and drove an online petition. We worked together on this and even met officials with some suggested designs so I am delighted for them we are moving forward as slow as it has been.”
€50,000 was also allocated towards new fencing for Mount Saint Kenneth skatepark at this week’s area meeting.