THE plan to build a teenage recreation area, including a skate-boarding park, in Newcastle West, took a tiny step closer to becoming reality this week when Minister for Children, James O’Reilly, allocated €12,000 to the project.
This brings to €37,000 the level of committed funds for the project, following a contribution of €10,000 by Limerick City and County Council last year and a further €15,000 earlier this year.
Despite this, however, there is still a shortfall of approximately €100,000 to build the project as designed.
An application for grant aid to West Limerick Resources was unsuccessful and a subsequent application for a capital sports grant from the National Lotto also failed.
But Michael Finucane, chairman of Newcastle West Community Council which is spearheading the project, welcomed this week’s allocation of €12,000 from the Department of Children.
“We didn’t get any funding from the Lotto,” he acknowledged. “But it still our primary project. And we are trying several avenues to see if we can get other funding. We have applied to another source.”
“It is a project ready to run,” Mr Finucane stressed.
A design for a multi-use recreation area has been drawn up and agreed and planning permission has been granted by Limerick City and County Council.
It includes a skate-board park, a multi-use games area, a zip-line and a teenage hang-out zone, all of which will be publicly lit and monitored by CCTV.