Sometimes things move faster than other in life on the council!
Following my motion at the June council meeting, it has been confirmed that Donegal County Council has secured €60,000 in funding for the development of a Skate Park at the new Town Park, to be developed in the Ballymacool area of town. Aideen Doherty, of Donegal County Council, has been working on this project for some time, and should be credited for all her work.
This is a further bonus for sporting and recreation facilities in Letterkenny, with the new multi-million euro sports centre (also in the Ballymacool area) well under construction, and developments at St Eunan’s GAA to mention a few. There are still many areas which remain underserved, but Letterkenny Town Council remain committed to developing as many youth, community and recreational facilites as possible around the town.
This week, Letterkenny Town Council honoured Letterkenny Rovers with a Civic Reception to recognise their achivements throughout the years. They do excellent work with young people in the town, and have done for years, as do the GAA teams and Rugby Club. But not every young person has an interest in competitive sport. This funding for the skateboard park will allow young people who fall outside the traditional sports to be engaged in their chosen activity in a safe and organised way.
This will help more young people to become physically active in an outdoor sport. Skateboarding has become increasingly popular in Letterkenny over the years, but with no proper facilities skateboarders have been forced to take part in their chosen sport in places which are not designed for that purpose, and are putting their safety in danger. When this facility is complete, that will no longer be a problem.
In my Mayoral acceptance speech, I mentioned the development of these facilities as one of the priorities of my term as mayor. I’m delighted that, already, we can report this major development.