Skate park vote ‘a kick in the teeth’

A CITY council vote against plans to build a skateboard park in Cork was described as a kick in the teeth for young people by a city councillor yesterday.

Socialist Councillor Mick Barry’s comments came as Cork City Council pledged work would begin immediately on identifying a new site.

A council spokesman said it was disappointing that councillors voted against the 75,000 skateboard park.

“We are anxious to provide a site for skateboarding. Galway and Waterford city council’s both operate successful outdoor skate parks and we are anxious to do the same,” said Stephen Scully of the council’s department of recreation, amenity and culture.

The department had, in consultation with Cork Skateboarding Association, identified part a section in the city’s Kennedy Park as the best option. But councillors voted 23 against, seven for the skate park, with Labour’s Cllr Michael O’Connell abstaining.

The vote came after a heated debate, watched by members of Albert Road, Victoria Road and Marina Park Residents’ Association who objected to the location of the skate park.

“Cork city is meant to be the European Capital of Culture next year, but youth culture comes bottom of the list for Fianna Fáil,” Cllr Barry said.

Monaghan road residents said yesterday they were not against skate boarders per se but were delighted with the decision.

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