Great to see the community working together. Interested parties, politicians, stakeholders, community groups and Fingal County Council even a few keyboard warriors all working together to get a project done. A local interest group engaged with Fingal County Council and their representatives to take this project from a facebook page Support the Balbriggan Skatepark to a real project now with a competition date of early 2019.
The stakeholders were involved at every stage, the public was invited to make submissions and take part in an open consultation and design workshops in January 2017.
Well done everybody involved. Lovely to see a community in action.
Fingal County Council Press Release
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Contractor appointed to design and build skateparks in Balbriggan and Skerries
Fingal County Council has appointed a contractor to construct two skate parks in Balbriggan and Skerries. Following a competitive tender process, UK based firm Freestyle Skate parks has been selected to design and construct both parks. The firm has designed and constructed over 600 skateparks in the last 30 years.
Community engagement is an objective of this project so both skateparks are designed for users and spectators and will cater for a wide age-range and level of experience. Before tendering for the project, the council undertook a series of design workshops with stakeholders to determine their requirements. A key element of the project brief was that the design of each skatepark reflects and complements the character of each site and was informed by stakeholder feedback.
The detailed design process for the skatepark is already underway and concept images have been produced with construction works to commence later this year. It is anticipated that the skateparks will be completed and available for use within the first half of 2019.
The news has been warmly welcomed by both Skatepark Committees. A spokesperson for the Balbriggan Skatepark Committee said: “It is heart-warming to know that the local Balbriggan Community and Fingal County Council can work so constructively together towards the completion of such well-sought-after recreational projects. We know that the Skaters and wider Balbriggan community alike will be very grateful for the support given to secure this well-needed sports facility.”
A spokesperson on behalf of Skerries Skatepark Committee said: “Our committee is delighted and thrilled to hear that Skerries will have a wonderful skatepark to look forward in the years ahead. At every step of this process Fingal County Council were transparent, supportive and practical in how we go about engaging with the community and working with the council itself, on behalf of everyone in Skerries. Thank you!”
Welcoming the news, Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Anthony Lavin said: “The construction of the skateparks in Skerries and Balbriggan will be a wonderful resource for both communities. Recreational spaces are important for residents to make connections in their communities and pursue their interests. I’m delighted that the Council were able to contribute this project and look forward to its completion.”
Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid said: “Fingal has the youngest population in Ireland so it is vital that we invest in services to improve their standard of living. The construction of the skate parks in Balbriggan and Skerries will contribute to this as it allows young people to enjoy the amenities in their local area.”