Mullingars new skatepark is finally happening

Westmeath County Council has finally got its skates on – and started work on the town’s long-awaited skatepark.

An earth-clearing machine has been onsite since this morning, preparing the ground for construction of the facility.

The skatepark is being constructed at the end of the swimming pool building, and overlooks the lake in the town park.

It is to be of 450 square metres in size, and surrounded by a galvanized steel railing.

The skatepark is estimated to cost €116,000. Some money was put aside from the county council's paid parking takings, and a grant of €58,824 was made last December from a €3m fund from the Department of Sport for local recreation facilities around the country.