On Thursday 28th October the Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Councillor Peter Kavanagh officially opened the teenspace at Collinstown Park. Speaking at the event Mayor Cllr Peter Kavanagh said; “The physical and mental well-being of teenagers is greatly enhanced by access to the outdoors, social contact and physical activity; and SDCC’s Teenspace Programme is directly focussed on meeting these needs. SDCC’s Teenspace Programme commenced following countywide consultations with teenagers, to find out what their needs are and how those needs can be best met in SDCC’s parks and open spaces. Our teenagers told us that they wanted safe spaces to meet with their friends and wanted to engage in a range of unstructured physical activities. Teenagers showed a strong preference for self-directed activity over organised activities. Encouraging physical activity in any form is extremely important for physical and mental health we thought very important to listen to teenagers about the types of activity that particularly appeal to them”.
The Mayor went on to pay tribute to the local community for their support of the popular park and teenspace at Collinstown Park, and the work of Council staff in managing the project and maintaining the teenspace.
Pictured: Cllr Peter Kavanagh Mayor of South Dublin with Cllr Madeleine Johansson, Clle Eoin O’Broin, Cllr Joanna Tuffy, Mark Ward TD and Teresa Walsh (SDCC Director of Service) along with members of SDCC Parks Dept at the official opening of the Teen Space in Collinstown Park, Clondalkin