Residents get their way as skatepark is ruled out for Closh

Residents living at the Closh and Walkin Street area of the city have reason to celebrate this week, following official confirmation that a skatepark will not be built on their doorstep.

Residents living at the Closh and Walkin Street area of the city have reason to celebrate this week, following official confirmation that a skatepark will not be built on their doorstep.

The area had long been proposed as the location of a skatepark for the city. But residents had protested the development on numerous occasions and collected over 170 signatures in a petition against it.

Most of the elected members of the borough council, with the exception of the Fianna Fail group, remained adamant that the Closh was the most suitable area. But at the June council meeting, Cllr Joe Reidy proposed a motion to revoke the resolution referring to the Part 8 development – and Cllr Martin Brett (FG) seconded it.

“This means there won’t be a skatepark at the Closh,” said Cllr Reidy.

“After the public meeting organised by [then-mayor] David Fitzgerald, it was clear that neither the residents or the skateboarders wanted it there. We listened to both sides.”

Cllr Andrew McGuinness, also an opponent of the previously suggested location, said the push was now on to find a new place.

“We can now move on and look at some of the alternatives that have been presented to us recently,” he said.