IT’S seems that Dundalk’s very own sensory park has unfortunately ended up as a haunt for boozed up yobs, more keen on the “senseless” than the sensory.
Anyone who frequents the Seatown area of Dundalk will be familiar with the now all too common sight of public drinking atSt Leonard’s Garden.
Many local people are now too scared to venture into the park on a sunny afternoon, as all too often it will be the base for ad-hoc drinking for gangs of errant youths and older outdoor drinkers.
The fact that the park is placed above the road and if partially covered, means that drinkers are partially hidden from passing cars.
One local resident, who didn’t wish to be named, told the paper that he wouldn’t even consider entering the park because of the gangs that are there.
“Whenever there is good whether there will be gangs there. You will mainly hear them roaring and shouting and messing about. I don’t even know what time the park opens or closes as I wouldn’t even consider going into it, and I live right beside it.”
Wille Duffy from Dundalk Tidy Town’s told the paper: “It’s a awful shame that this is going on and I’m dissappointed ot hear that.
“The garden was built as a place where people could go for relaxation and for people with sight problems as there are aromatic herbs for them to experience.
“I would certainly hope that Gardaí will do their best to move these guys on and make this a garden that is welcoming to the public once again.”
The gardens were commissioned by the Dundalk Urban District Council in 2001, its remit to development a sensory garden on the site of St.Leonard’s Garden.
Sadly while there is no denying the attractive design of the park, it now appears to be a “no-go” area for the citizens of Dundalk.