Willie Duffy of Dundalk Tidy Towns has said he was “very disappointed” that empty alcohol bottles and drinks cans had been left dumped at the new outdoor gym along the Riverside Walk.
It appears the gym equipment, which has been put there for use by the public, has become a base of operations for local louts who are more intent on anti-social behaviour than with getting fit.
“I’m going out to clean it this afternoon,” Mr Duffy told the Democrat yesterday (Monday). “These gyms have been put there to improve people’s lot.
“I would encourage anyone to report this anti-social behaviour to the Gardaí.”
“People have to come back to us to tell that they have been using the gyms. The idea of them was that people could use both this one at the Riverside Walk and at the other gym at the Navvy Bank while out walking, and they have been a success in that regard.”
However, Mr Duffy believes fencing off the gyms is not the way to go.
“It would be counter productive to fence off the gym. They are there so people can use them whenever they want, and locking them at night and opening them in the morning wouldn’t work”, he added.
“What I would say to people who see rubbish along the walk is please pick it up and put it in the bin. It’s what’s being a good citizen is all about.
“It’s very disappointing.” However Mr Duffy says they will not be deterred from improving Dundalk. “This will not stop us,” he concluded.