Council refuse to build games area in Ringaskiddy village
Council officials are refusing to provide a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) and outdoor gym in Ringaskiddy as the village’s population and age doesn’t warrant the expense.
However, they will examine the possibility of such a development being included in the overall masterplan for the development of a major recreation-amenity centre on nearby Haulbowline Island.
Cllr Seamus McGrath requested the Ballincollig-Carrigaline Municipal District council install a MUGA and outdoor in the harbourside village.
But district officer Kevin O’Regan said there was already a children’s playground in Ringaskiddy. He said it was situated on Port of Corkowned land and the county council had contributed to its development.
Mr O’Regan said the population of the village was 580. Of these, 104 were under nine. It was also estimated 66 are aged between 10–19, 102 aged 20–29, 105 aged 30 – 39 and around 203 over the age of 40.
He said the cost of installing an outdoor gym was in the region of €25,000 and around €60,000 for a MUGA.
“The council has no land in Ringaskiddy on which it can install either of the suggested facilities,” Mr O’Regan said. “The population of the area would not support the installation of these facilities in conjunction with the existing playground.”
However, Cllr McGrath said it was heartening the council was developing recreational facilities at the former East Tip site on Haulbowline Island and it may be a more appropriate location for a MUGA and outdoor gym.
Work is nearing completion on an €8million clean-up of the area formerly owned by Irish Steel/Irish Ispat.
It’s planned to open the site to the public next May.
The council has already built a football pitch on the site to be used by the public and the Naval Service and also developed 4kms of a walkway and public seating.