Midleton Wheelers Collect Almost 1,500 Signatures

By Seamus Whelehan

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Midleton’s skateboarding, scooter and BMX community have set the wheels in motion for a permanent home.
While the project is not yet ready for construction, the group say they are seeking interested parties to get on board to form a Committee.
Midleton residents, John Walsh and Peter Thompson, are looking to create East Cork’s first all-wheel park and are seeking the public’s input.
Mr Walsh said initial costs for an all-wheel park are €100,000, “but at the moment children are using car parks, footpaths and roads that are not ideal”.
Once a suitable greenfield site has been identified it’s intended the project would include features for children on scooters. bikes, skateboards and roller-skates.
Skate Parks of this nature are generally designed to need very little maintenance.
Both men are hoping that a site will be identified somewhere close to Midleton town centre, so that people will have ease of access to it.
A petition signed by almost 1,500 people has identified there is a definite need for such a Skate Park within the greater Midleton area.
There are similar all-wheel parks in Ballincollig, Bandon and FitzGerald Park Cork City, but at present parents have to travel to these places to ensure their children can practice their skills in a safe place.
Anyone wishing to form part of a committee can contact John Walsh on 087-7466163.

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