A NEW €220,000 skatepark is finally open in Carrigaline and has been heralded as a “hugely positive” development for teenagers in the area.
Work to complete the long-awaited Carrigaline skate park started last month with equipment arriving from Rotterdam after a slight delay.
Councillors had expressed concern that the site had been left idle after work was halted due to the production of the parts needed to build the skating ramps.
The site had been described as an “eyesore” by local representatives due to it being dug up in April and the contractor then being unable to continue with the work.
However, the new facility is now open at the People’s Park adjacent to the Crosshaven Roundabout.
The park will accommodate children of 10-years-old and over only and the same usage rules apply as in Ballincollig Skate Park which is located in the car park of the Regional Park.
Councillor John A. Collins said it provides an open space for teenagers to gather which had not previously been available.
“The barriers were taken down on Monday. There is no official opening scheduled yet, but that will come later on,” he said.
“However, it’s now functional and I would just urge the people that are using it to keep it clean. It’s a hugely positive addition to Carrigaline and provides a space for the teenagers who were populating the playground area. There is nothing but positivity towards it.
“There was a delay in bringing in the parts and because it is a new site it had to be prepared before anything could be done to it, but it’s ready for use now” he added.
Recent good weather has led to an increase in littering in the area but Mr Collins said the local authority has acknowledged this and will tackle it.
“The County Council is putting in additional bins. Naturally enough there were a lot of people around and primarily plastic bottles have been deposited.
“This is the height of the tourist season and does not portray Carrigaline in a very positive light.
“I would just ask people to respect it and enjoy it,” he added.
Mr Collins paid tribute to County Council engineer Vincent Florish is behind the project.