A request for Cork County Council to build a Skateboard Park in Mitchelstown has been backed by members of the Fermoy Municipal District.

In a notice of motion at last week’s council meeting in Mitchelstown, Cllr June Murphy put the idea to Cork County Council officials saying there was ‘huge interest’ for such a park in the town.

Cllr Murphy told The Avondhu that many parents have approached her about the possibility of building a skateboard park in the town for teenagers, and said it is a growing competitive sport.

“We don’t have a lot to offer our teenagers in Mitchelstown outside of the mainstream sports. We need a place that can be locked up at night and I feel the old mart premises would be an ideal location,” said Cllr Murphy.

“Skateboarding is extremely popular all over the country and it would offer a different outlet to teenagers who don’t play GAA, soccer or rugby.”

Cork County Council agreed to look at the proposal but said a location would need to be identified to them.