A LOCAL councillor expressed her frustration at the lack of progress of constructing a skateboard park for young people, at the meeting of Tralee Municipal District of Kerry County Council on Monday morning.
Cllr Toireasa Ferris was asking that an estimate would be prepared for the provision of a skate board park at the Wetlands.
She said the issue of providing a skate park facility had been going on for 12 years and Cllr Pa Daly had recently provided photos of a very basic skate park in France which it could be modelled on.
She said the equipment would cost no more than €3,000 and it was hoped to get a start on it to provide this facility for teenagers.
In reply, the Council said the insurance risks for publicly provided skate-parks must be considered when choosing and designing the optimum site. Fear of anti-social behaviour by nearby residents/businesses is another important consideration.
A skate-park has not been considered for the Wetlands previously. A number of other issues such as location on the site, drainage, noise, accessibility and security, as well as insurance costs, development costs and sources of funding will require full examination.
This will be carried out by the Tourism Unit in conjunction with the Capital Infrastructure Unit. A report will be prepared for Council once all the issues are clarified.