THE Deputy Mayor of Kildare Cllr Robert Power will officially open the Skateboard Park in Newbridge this Saturday 13 April at 10am.
A group of friends started a campaign nearly 20 years ago for a skate park for those who prefer alternative recreational activities. Thanks to their vision and the foresight of the community of Newbridge, Kildare Country Council turned their vision into a reality.
The construction of the skateboard park, path and lighting upgrades were made possible by local councillors’ allocation of €130,000 of Local Property Tax (LPT) and €50,000 from development levies collected in the general area.
The skateboard park in Newbridge was constructed under Kildare Play Policy 2018-2028 which identified potential locations for the provision of play facilities. Under the plan there are a further 19 playgrounds proposed. In 2019 alone, two playgrounds are at advanced planning stages, another two are under construction and the skateboard park, associated paths and lighted were completed.
Co Kildare has three public skate parks in Athy, Naas and now Newbridge for parks users, the wider community and visitors alike to enjoy.