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Projects in Downpatrick and Newcastle to Receive Almost £600,000 Department for Communities Funding

March 2024 - The East Down Advertiser

Council plans for Dunleath Skate Park and Pump Track and a temporary events space at the Newcastle Centre site are to proceed with major funding from the Department for Communities (DfC).

At a meeting of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s Active and Healthy Communities Committee on Monday 19 February, members heard that contracts for funding between Council and DfC had now been agreed for both projects.

This means that the Dunleath Skate Park Project, due to be delivered by March 2025, will receive £390,176.36 of DfC funding, in support of Downpatrick’s Living High Streets framework, with an additional Council contribution of £25,000. DfC is also funding the flexible temporary events space at the rear of the Newcastle Centre with £200,000, with work due to commence in the coming weeks.

Communities Minister, Gordon Lyons MLA said, “I am pleased to be able to support the Dunleath Skate Park that was identified as a high priority project in the recently published Downpatrick Living High Streets Framework. This project along with the new events space at the Newcastle Centre will create health and wellbeing opportunities and help attract more people to the town centres and positively impact the local economy.”

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Cllr Valerie Harte said, “I would like to thank the Department for Communities for this significant financial support. As a Council, among our key priorities are attracting more people into our town centres and supporting a reinvigoration of the High Street. As the Dunleath Park project was one of the priorities of the Downpatrick Regeneration Working Group’s Living High Streets Framework I would also like to thank the group for their ongoing support of this project.”

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Deputy Chairperson, Cllr Gareth Sharvin, added, “The Dunleath Park project will provide a free, safe, off road, skatepark and pump track that can be enjoyed by a wide range of users, including children and young people. As well as improving opportunities for physical activity, it is hoped the facility by Down Leisure Centre will also increase visitors to Downpatrick town centre via linkages from Dunleath Park.”


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