Coun­cil refuse to build games area in Rin­gask­iddy vil­lage

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Sean O’Rior­dan

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.

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