Primary school pupils to present skate park plan to Cookstown council

Cookstown Primary School pupils Stewart McMullan and Adam Steenson with their petition for a new Skateboard Park. INMM4713-171ar.
Cookstown Primary School pupils Stewart McMullan and Adam Steenson with their petition for a new Skateboard Park. INMM4713-171ar.
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THE Cookstown Primary School pupils who are campaigning for a skate park will meet with DUP MLA Ian McCrea and Ivor Paisley, Director of the council’s Corporate and Operational Services to put forward their proposal this Friday.

Stewart McMullan from Coagh and his friend Adam Steenson will visit Cookstown District Council offices to discuss the possibility of having an urban sports facility in the area.

The reaction to the MAIL’s story last week has been overwhelming, and on Facebook, people took time to leave comments, supporting the boys’ campaign.

Stewart’s mum Alison, told the MAIL that the pair have been very pro-active in circulating the petitions around the town.

“At the moment, the children are using the park at the Titanic Quarter which is an hour’s drive, so ideally it would be great to have something like this,” she said.

She also highlighted the fact that many parks are inhabited by young people who abuse it for drinking and socialising, so having a regulated skate park would mean that only those serious about the sport would use it.”

“It’s a great idea too, to help get children active and to combat obesity,” she added.

In an ideal world the boys would like a park that could be used for BMX biking, skateboarding, mountain biking, rollerblading and riding scooters.

Petitions can be found in shops in the area including the convenience store and pharmacy in Coagh, Sheehy’s, McConnell’s Intersport, The Corner Cake Shop in Cookstown and Hewitt’s in Tullyhogue.

Principal of Cookstown Primary School, Neil Downing has also given his support to his pupils’ skate park campaign and has praised them for their perseverance. I am delighted to see our pupils taking the initiative, and giving up their own time for an idea that clearly means a lot to them.

“It’s great to see young people involved in their community and this should definitely be encouraged,” he told the MAIL.

The boys believe there are several vacant sites which Cookstown District Council could look at, including the skip site which is now disused.

Here are some of the comments posted on the Mid Ulster Mail Facebook page.

Susie Quinn: “Great idea, give the younger people an interest again and keep them fit.”

Michelle Trenchard: “Harrington good idea and will make use of some of the abandon areas round Cookstown.”

Adam Steenson: “Come on Cookstown District Council.”

Kelly Muldoon: “Good idea would be good for the kids.”

Linda Fields: “Great idea”