Call for council to develop skate park at Tralee Sports Complex

Kerry County Council is to look at developing a skate park at the Tralee Sports Complex.

A basic facility would cost at least €30,000 according to Sinn Féin Cllr Toireasa Ferris, who’s calling on the council to fund the project.

It’s 12 years ago since a group of young people tried to develop a skate park in Tralee, however it didn’t materialise.
At this week’s Kerry County Council meeting, Sinn Féin’s Toireasa Ferris called for a dedicated skate park in Tralee, so that young people interested in skating don’t have to travel to Limerick or Cork to use proper facilities.

The council said a skate park can cost up to a quarter-of-a-million euro, and they propose to submit an application under the current round of sports capital funding.

However, Cllr Ferris said the young people behind the initiative estimate that a smaller scale facility at the Complex in Tralee would cost between €30,000 and €40,000, and she’s calling on the council to fund it.

She said once it’s established they could make an application for a bigger park.

After raising the issue last month, the council said they would look at developing a skate park at the Wetlands in Tralee, however Cllr Ferris said the teenagers involved said they preferred a location away from the town centre such as the Complex.