Parents want BMX track at Marlay Park

by Gazette Reporter

PARENTS in Ballinteer may soon have a BMX track installed in Marlay Park, following an appeal they made to a local councillor.

According to Cllr Lettie McCarthy (Lab), Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s parks department is now in talks with BMX track specialists to look into putting a BMX track into Marlay Park.

This follows a request made by parents who said their children had no safe place to ride their bikes in the area.

Cllr McCarthy said: “This would be on a small scale, but it would be great for all of the children in the various estates around Marlay Park.

“There are lots of teens here who are not interested in sports such as football, but who would like to ride their bikes.

“The hope, following on from this, would be that because we’re so close to the mountains, the children might continue to engage in good, healthy activities up there in time, too.

“At a recent council meeting, I proposed the motion to create such a BMX facility for local teens and children in Marlay Park, and the council agreed to engage in negotiations about it with the BMX people.”

This is not the first time Cllr McCarthy has been involved in trying to secure a BMX track for people in the Dundrum area. During her tenure as Cathaoirleach in 2010, Cllr McCarthy was approached by Sandyford Youth Club about securing them a BMX track.

She was then instrumental in securing this track from the council, and the parks department chose Jamestown Regional Park as the most suitable site for it.

However, the track has yet to be built.

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