Skatepark vandalism leads to calls for CCTV coverage

Skatepark vandalism leads to calls for CCTV coverage
New plants recently placed alongside the Carrigaline skate park have been uprooted and thrown across the park. Pic: Gerry McGrath

New plants recently placed alongside the Carrigaline skate park have been uprooted and thrown across the park, much to the disgust of local Fianna Fáil councillor Seamus McGrath.

Mr McGrath admonished the behaviour saying it was “absolutely disgraceful” and “extremely disappointing”.

The local Carrigaline councillor said that the plants didn’t last long only in the ground a few days before they were ripped up by vandals and flung around the park.

Mr McGrath said that it was very unfortunate to have such an incident occur at the new facility.

New plants recently placed alongside the Carrigaline skate park have been uprooted and thrown across the park. Pic: Gerry McGrath
New plants recently placed alongside the Carrigaline skate park have been uprooted and thrown across the park. Pic: Gerry McGrath

“The skate park is well respected by most. It is widely used and respected but there was a small percentage who don’t treat the facility as it should be treated.” Discussing solutions, Mr McGrath said that extra lighting was needed in the Skatepark along with enhanced CCTV.

The councillor said he did not think that putting up security fences and gates and locking the park was the right move to make.

“It is not the response that we need. What we want is increased Garda patrols and CCTV.” 

Mr McGrath said he had put forward a motion to get surveillance cameras in the playground and he would be extending this to include the Skatepark.

“I also asked the Council Engineer to liaise with the Gardai about the incidents in the playground and park in general recently. This is a great facility for Carrigaline and respected by the vast majority, unfortunately, there is a very small number who have no respect.”

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