Park 'n' Stride scheme

What is Park ‘n’ Stride?

Park ‘n’ Stride is an initiative promoted by Louth County Council in partnership with local business and schools in Dundalk, allowing parents who drive their children to school to park free of charge for a limited time in designated car parks whilst walking the remainder of the journey to or from school.

How does Park ‘n’ Stride work?

Once you have registered your vehicle in the scheme, you can park free of charge in any of the participating locations during the designated times.

Who can take part in Park ‘n’ Stride?

If your children attend one of the participating schools then you can be part of the Park ‘n’ Stride Scheme.

Why should I Park ‘n’ Stride?

If you Park ‘n’ Stride you will be helping ease traffic congestion at the school gate, meaning less fumes and pollution from idling engines, so everyone’s trip to school will be safer, while getting some exercise too.

Regular physical activity is important from an early age to promote good physical and mental health — the school journey is a great time to start the habit, even if your family needs to travel to school by car. It’s not just the kids who’ll be getting fresh air, a stretch of their legs and some time to chat with their friends, you’ll be getting some exercise too!

Children who are active on the commute have higher levels of concentration in the classroom.

How can I take part in Park ‘n’ Stride?

Online: Register by filling in the form online Park 'n' Stride scheme online registration form

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By Post: Complete the Registration Form and return it to the school, or to Park ‘n’ Stride, Operations Section, Louth City Council, County Hall, Millennium Centre, Dundalk, Co Louth, A91 KFW6:

Email: Scan the form and email it to roadsafetyofficer@louthcoco.ie

You will be then be issued with a Park ‘n’ Stride Permit Sticker to display in the front windshield of your vehicle. Please apply for more than one permit if more than one Guardian is participating in Park ‘n’ Stride.

Where can I park?

Participating Car Parks will display this sign:

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The list of participating car parks currently participating:

  • Lidl Car Park - Avenue Road
  • Lidl Car Park – St Helena’s Terrace
  • Tesco Extra Car Park
  • McEntee Avenue Car Park
  • Rogers Car Park
  • Dundalk Library Car Park
  • Rampart Road Car Park
  • Meadow Grove Car Park
  • Aura Leisure Car Park
  • St Joseph’s Redemptorist Car Park
  • Louth County Council Car Park
  • Linenhall Street Car Park
  • Duffy’s Car Park
  • Boyd’s Car park
  • Longwalk Shopping Centre Car Park

Park ‘n’ Stride Terms & Conditions

Designated parking times at participating car parks:
Morning: 8.30am to 9.30am (1 hour max)
Afternoon: 1.00pm to 4.30pm (1 hour max)

  • A valid Park ‘n’ Stride sticker must be displayed clearly inside the front windshield of your vehicle.
  • Parking before or after the designated times must be paid for (where charges normally apply).
  • Terms and conditions of private car parks must be adhered to.
  • Park ‘n’ Stride permits are for the use of the registered vehicles only and are non-transferable.
  • Please park in a safe manner, allowing sufficient space for children to enter and leave vehicles safely.
  • Park 'n' Stride only applies Monday to Friday, during term time.

All participating car parks can be used as Drop ‘n’ Hop locations for older children to make their way to school independently e.g. Guardians can drop off/pick up their children at participating car park.

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