A skatepark in Lymm was described as “unusable” and dangerous by the residents concerned.
The ramps at Ridgeway Grundy have been damaged by fire and are too high for children to use.
A skateboard committee has now been formed to help raise funds and campaign for a new, safer skatepark.
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Lee Deavall, 48, has been skating his entire life.
He is the secretary of the skateboard committee, Friends of Lymm Skatepark (FOLS), which aims to create a safe space for the children of Lymm to fall in love with skateboarding.
Her daughter also took up sports, which made her realize that there was “nothing in Lymm” suitable.
The seasoned skateboarder even admitted he wouldn’t be going to the current skatepark.
He said, “Whoever is in the Ridgeway right now is not good enough.”
âIt’s too high, there is tarmac in the middle where we tear our knees, there is a hole because of a bonfire.
âIt’s totally unusable.
Iain Gurney, 46, is the president of Friends of Lymm Skatepark, a longtime skateboarder and a British skateboard trainer.
He performed a health, safety and risk assessment on the Grundy Park skating facilities, and the report confirmed that the area is not suitable for beginners.
Iain said, “You sort of come up and walk into a pothole, there’s a very uneven surface.”
At present, the children of Lymm have to skate on dangerous roads and sidewalks, or encroach on dry land to find suitable places to skate.
Even more experienced Lymm skaters like Hal Seabrook, 14, have found the current facilities unusable and unsafe.
Lee said the committee wanted to “try and get something for the kids and the people of Lymm to use.”
Iain agreed, saying, âThere is a great community of kids who want to get active.
âI think there is a real opportunity, now that Lymm has 12,000 residents, to install improved facilities there. “
Lee told WarringtonLive he was concerned the Lymm kids might be missing: âWe could potentially have a future Olympian among us, you just don’t know that.
âBut right now they don’t have anywhere to go to train, so we might be missing out on something. “
FOLS wants to completely transform the current park into a usable, safe and inclusive space for snowboarders, scooters, BMXs, mountain bikers, roller skaters and wheelchair users.
They produced a 22-page feasibility report explaining the pros and cons of the proposed skatepark, which was supported by police, schools, local councilors and teenagers representing the local skating community.
âThe main purpose of the skate park is for it to be used by beginners to intermediate people,â Lee explained, âThere has to be a way where you can get on it and it will sink, so it’s usable.
âRight now you go down, take a turn at the end, come back, then you have to run to the side again. Boring.
âWe want something fun to use.
âWhat we say in the skateboarding community has to have a ‘flow’ – your tips have to be smooth from start to finish.
âThe skateboard designers and contractors that we call on us to build it will be experts in ‘flow’ design. “
In addition to the âflowâ, the proposed skatepark will have different heights for a range of skill levels, and a spray concrete surface to ensure a safer fall.
Parish councils have offered their âfull supportâ to the project, as have schools, such as Statham Primary School and Lymm High School.
A Change.org petition to lobby Warrington Borough Council and show public support for the project has garnered nearly 800 signatures.
The committee is also hosting an official launch party on Saturday, November 27 to show this support and raise funds for the new park.
From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Iain will be hosting a skate workshop for the kids, which is already almost full, and there will be music, cakes, art sessions and refreshments.
Iain also hopes the event will spark conversation at the skatepark.
âThe launch party is really to show the community,â Iain explained, âWhile we now know there is support, it’s to show them the kind of spirit, culture and ethics .
âThere was nothing butâ¦ total positivity, overwhelming public support.
âIt’s not just about your traditional sports, like rugby and soccer – there is a whole different kind of community that wants to cycle, scooter or skate.
âLots of other kidsâ¦ they still want to be active, still want to have space to play, to be creative and to be kids.
“And [a skatepark] is the safest place for them.
âWhen I was a kid, you had to go to the streets, we skated on sidewalks and in public parking lots, because that kind of thing didn’t exist in my time.
“I really want to make sure the kids get what I’ve been missing.”
Iain believes that this project will have overwhelmingly positive results: âIt ticks all the boxes in terms of mental well-being and anti-social behavior will be reduced, as it gives adolescents who do not participate in traditional sports a space to go and explore creativity. or activity in some other way.
Warrington Borough Council has been contacted for comment.