Hackenthorpe Skate Park

imageIt was great to see the youths of all ages playing on the skate park today. There were up to 20 youths coming and going. It was great to see them admiring the skills of their peers and showing me what they had learnt and being courteous to each other.

They asked me if we could extend some of the equipment or add to it as it was used so much and it was the only skate park in the area. They said they were so pleased they did not have to travel so far any more and they could walk to this one.

One of the fears from the residents was that there would be more litter. I noticed the bin full and that the youths were cleaning up after themselves, when I commented on this one said “we clean up if there is any litter on the floor when we arrive. We want to keep it all nice and tidy.” I felt a great sense of pride hearing this as I realised they had taken ownership akready.

Councillor Karen Mcgowan said “I have never been so proud of anything, so many kids are using it and even my nephew has been down and they all say how great it is.”


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