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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?