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‘New Leisureland’ needs youth input


From this week's Galway City Tribune

From this week's Galway City Tribune

‘New Leisureland’ needs youth input ‘New Leisureland’ needs youth input

A CONSULTATION process for a ‘re-imagined’ Leisureland and Salthill Park – to begin over the coming weeks – will have a major input from young people.

Cllr Donal Lyons, Chair of the Leisureland Board, told the Galway City Tribune that with the new plans being driven by ‘a next-50-years agenda’, the input of youth would be critical to its future success.

“Leisureland has served Galway well since it opened 50 years ago this week, but now we must look ahead and think of the people who will be using the facility over the next 50-years,” said Cllr Lyons.

He added that over the coming months the general public would be presented with a blank canvas in terms of how best the 12-acre Leisureland and Salthill Park facility could serve both the local community and visitors to the city.

“It’s a big challenge for everyone but also a very exciting one as regards the future of the site. This is a wonderful area in our city and one which offers endless possibilities.

“In 2019, 250,000 people went through the doors of Leisureland and for that we must acknowledge the contribution of Facilities’ Manager Ian Brennan and his staff to this huge success story.

“This site has so much potential as we look forward to the next half-century and now is the chance for everyone to have their input, including the general public, local residents, current users of the facility and visitors to the city,” said Cllr Lyons.

Mayor of Galway, Cllr Eddie Hoare, said that over the past 50-years, Leisureland had been an incredible facility for the city with over 3,000 people getting swimming lessons there every week.

“The engagement process now being undertaken, as we look to the future, is crucial to ensure that Leisureland serves the needs of the people of Galway over the coming decades: I would encourage everyone to get involved,” said Mayor Hoare.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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