Big demand for a skate park in Drumshanbo

There is a need for a skatepark to facilitate young skaters, BMXing, rollerblading and scooting according to Drumshanbo Skatepark Committee.

There is a need for a skatepark to facilitate young skaters, BMXing, rollerblading and scooting according to Drumshanbo Skatepark Committee.

The committee headed by Paul Keaveney is seeking planning permission from Leitrim County Council for an indoor skate park beside The Mayflower, Drumshanbo.

Paul Keaveney Chairperson of the committee outlined to the paper that the group were set up about a year ago, following a surge in interest locally for skating. Paul, who has two skater sons, along with parents are currently driving over 60kms to Athlone and Donegal regularly so their children can practise their skate boarding passion.

The first thing the committee did when it formed was to create a survey for local national and secondary schools, the results of this survey were very positive and pushed the need for a skating park in the region. Parents from the Drumshanbo Youth Cafe formed the committee of seven and they have since been liasing with Leitrim County Council.

Paul Keaveney said the Mayflower agreed to give a potion of land to the project. Although many skaters prefer skating outdoors, Mr Keaveney said due our unfavourable weather it can be “dangerous”, so to be practical they want to build an indoor facility that can be used anytime of day thoughout the year.

The committee are seeking planning for the construction of a unit (floor area 570.36sqm) with all assocaited site developments and signage to facilitate an indoor skatepark at Carricknabrack, Drumshanbo.

The Skatepark committee have applied for Sports Capital Funding and other schemes and are fundraising locally, with a Texas Holdem event to be held in Henry’s Haven shortly as part of the process, but large finacial aid will be needed if the project gets the go ahead.

“If we don’t get planning permission, it is not going to happen,” Mr Keaveney said, but then added “I don’t think we are going to fail – the demand is there.”

The indoor facility would consist of a number of different designed ramps made with timber.

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