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Moorefield Park, Newbridge – official opening of Skateboard Park Saturday 13th April, 2019.

The Deputy Mayor of Kildare Councillor Robert Power will officially open the Skateboard Park at Moorefield Park, Newbridge, on Saturday 13th April 2019 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 has been given the opportunity to turn 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. 

Kildare County has the highest rate of people aged 0-24 in the state according to the 2016 census.  This has given rise to an increased demand for child and youth services and facilities.  Skateboarding facilities are included in this need.

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, 2 playgrounds are at advanced planning stages, another 2 are under construction and the skateboard park, associated paths and lighted were completed.   Kildare County has three public skate parks in Athy, Naas and now Newbridge for parks users, the wider community and visitors alike to enjoy.   

 Ends                                                                                                  05 April 2019


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