WITH both the Curragh and Mondello providing for two of the county’s speed requirements, it looks like Newbridge or Kildare could fulfill a third outlet soon with the news that the council is looking for a site for a national BMX park.
This came to light following a motion by Cllr Fiona McLoughlin Healy at the final meeting the Newbridge-Kildare Municipal District before the elections.
She revealed that the developer who built the BMX track in Tallaght is willing to build one in Kildare free of charge, pending availability of land.
“After over two years of meeting council officials and lobbying the council with local BMX enthusiast Ross Dunleavy, the council have agreed to provide a report assessing possible locations for a free national-standard BMX park for our district!” said Cllr McLoughlin Healy.
“ It’s a very tentative step towards more youth facitilites for Kildare – but a welcome step in the right direction,” she added.
Mr Dunleavy explained that the Tallaght developer works in greenfield groundworks and “the material he wants to dispose of we need to build the track”.
“The raw materials, the expertise and the demand are there,” he said.
At the meeting Cllr McLoughlin Healy had asked the Executive what would be required from a developer in order to allow it to be provided to the council, seeing as she already had a commitment from Mr Dunleavy to design and build it if appropriate land could be found.
“A report will be prepared [for the next meeting in June] to ascertain if there are suitable sites to locate a BMX track using the land and asset register,” said senior parks superintendent, Simon Wallace.
“The requirements from a developer are a BMX track design prepared by an experienced qualified track designer experienced in the technical requirements for BMX tracks,” he explained.
“Car parking will also have to be a consideration and perimeter fencing as part of the design,” he continued.
“Planning permission will be required for the track and any material being imported to construct the track will have to meet waste licensing and disposal regulations,” he added.
“Professional indemnity insurance will be required as part of the design. Public liability insurance will also be required to insure the track if it being run by a club,” he warned.
“I think it’s a very good idea, but there will be costs, like drainage and procurement, but it’s certainly a very good project,” offered Cllr Murty Aspill.
“Don’t give up. See how long it took us to get a skatepark?” he encouraged.
It was officially opened by Cllr Robert Power last month after a 20-year campaign.
“Why does it have to be built on public land? Why can’t it be built on private land?” asked Cllr Mark Stafford.
“We should look at other options, rather than on public land,” he added.
“It could be done on as little as one acre,” Cllr McLoughlin Healy offered.
“It’s not a willy-nilly motion. Lots of years of work have gone into this,” she said.