Drumshanbo is set to become skater central, following the news that a purpose built indoor skatepark has been granted planning permission by Leitrim County Council. The town is also organising the county’s first international ‘Go Skateboarding Day’ on June 21 and 22.
Paul Keaveney, Chairman of Drumshanbo Skatepark Committee said they are “delighted” with having “obtained full planning permission for the construction of a purpose built indoor Skatepark in Drumshanbo. The proposed building is to be located behind the new Astroturf Pitch adjacent to the Mayflower Community Centre.”
The need for a Skatepark in Leitrim was enforced by a recent survey of 600 young people undertaken by Comhairle Na Nog Liatroma (Leitrim Youth Council) which showed a Skatepark is in great demand as a facility they would like to see in the area.
The nearest Skatepark to Drumshanbo is approximately 60 miles away so Drumshanbo Skatepark Committee are working hard to achieve the goal of a facility that will have a real lasting impact for the youth of Leitrim and the surrounding areas.
In order to proceed with the construction of the Skatepark, the committee said they have to raise a “good amount of money” and one way they plan on doing this is by holding a Skate Festival in Drumshanbo starting on International Go Skateboarding Day, June 21 and 22.
A lot of work needs to be done to prepare for the festival and a lot of support is needed to make this happen. Mr Keaveney said “We are calling on individuals and businesses for their help in this regard by way of sponsorship and donations.” If you can help, contact Paul on 087 270 2075 or Eileen on 086 156 5447 or via www.facebook.com/DrumshanboSkatepark.
The Skatepark Committee would like to thank the Mayflower Committee for agreeing to lease the site to them and all there support to date. They would also like to thank David McGourty, Drumshanbo for all his hard work in preparing the plans and planning application. Also a special word of thanks to Councillor Enda McGloin for all his advice and assistance.
“We would like to thank all who have supported us in our fundraising efforts to date, your help is much appreciated and without you none of this would be possible. Also a special thanks to our festival sponsors so far; Joe Mooney Summer School, North West Property Maintenance and SkateNutter.com,” Paul Keaveney stated.