Archive for April, 2008

Calls go out for skate park

April 25, 2008

The word on the street is that the Forest (and Nottingham) needs a skate park. After all, skateboarding isn’t just popular with young people, it’s one of those things that you don’t grow out of – once a skater, always a skater. So it’s a great leveller, in that it doesn’t exclude people because of age. There’s a small, local skate park on Maples Street, close to the Forest, but an area of this size could do with a much bigger, landmark park. People would come from around the city to use it, just like people travel to the Forest to play football. Plus, it would be great for Nottingham to be able to hold skate competitions – bringing new people (and sponsorship opportunities) into the city and helping to put Nottingham on the map. After all, we’re one of the biggest cities in the UK so it’s shameful we don’t have a decent size skate park. They’ll always be those who don’t agree, but a site the size of the Forest can easily accommodate something for everyone and young people deserve their own area. Since Maples Street skate park was done up and improved, it’s been home to local children every day of the week, with kids from five to seventeen going down there. I’ve seen for myself that the skate park is well-used and seems to bring young people together, they encourage each other and the older ones teach the younger ones new tricks and so on. The youth workers down there have a similar story to tell so imagine the benefits of having an even larger skate park which could accommodate not only local kids, but young people from further afield? I’ve talked to lots of people recently who agree that a skate park would be good for the Forest and should be considered in the plans for renovating the park. It also has the backing of NDC and some sections of the City Council so watch this space for more. If you agree, make sure you get your voice heard at tomorrow’s consultation meeting or post your comment here. Alternatively, if you have your own ideas for the Forest why not tell us here?¬†

How would you improve the Forest?

April 23, 2008

Plans to restore the Forest to its former glory are to go on show at a special public consultation event this Saturday, 26th April, 10am – 1pm, at the Djanogly City Academy on Gregory Boulevard.

Not only will the event be a chance for you to have YOUR say about how the Forest should be improved, but you’ll also have the chance to talk to, and ask questions of, the people behind the Forest restoration.

The Forest is one of the most historical parks in Nottingham yet needs huge amounts of money spending on it if it’s to reach its real potential as a place for local people to use and enjoy. The event is the culmination of over four years’ hard work by local people- working with the City Council, local Hyson Green charity the Partnership Council, NDC and a group of local volunteers known as the Friends of the Forest.

Together, those involved have come up with an imaginative and exciting plan to get the Forest back on its feet. Plus, the project is also backed by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), the Government’s advisor on architecture, urban design and public space. So, as you can see, the team behind the project, backed by local people, are serious about getting the Forest sorted out once and for all!

The project is also being funded with money from the Lottery and the City Council.  Residents can also give their views on the Forest Recreation Ground plans by contacting the Partnership Council on 970 8200 or Eddie Curry, Head of Parks and Open Spaces Nottingham City Council on 915 2733.