Joining forces on skate park project

Young skate park campaigners at the existing Fairfield skate park.

Young skate park campaigners at the existing Fairfield skate park.

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Adults and young people in Fairfield have joined forces for a project to redevelop the area’s skate park.

The current skate park, behind Fairfield Centre, is very basic and has been in place for several years so locals are hoping to raise enough money to introduce a new, improved facility at a new location on Bench Road.

Committee member Kirsty Bown said: “The idea is that we want to update, improve and replace the current skate park, to open it up to all abilities, ages and a variety of sports.

“It is all about having somewhere for kids to go.

“I’ve got a five-year-old nephew and he loves to come up here and run about but when he goes on his scooter, everything is far too big for him. Fairfield is a relatively small place but this can only be a positive, it can bring more people into local businesses because the kids will be there all day.”

One local who uses the facilities, Erik Richardson, added: “It’s just been around so long (the current skate park). Some skate parks have facilities where people can go to progress and get better. Fairfield is just a few lumps of metal, it’s not up to par.

“It just looks like it should be a football court.”

The land for the project, on Bench Road, has already been donated to the group, and the committee have already met with a number of designers about the project. Donations have already come from a number of local organisations, including Moorlands Housing.

“Where it is at the moment it is hidden away and there are problems with vandalism and people not doing what they should be doing.

“We want to move it to a more open area where it can be seen and will be looked after,” said Kirsty. “Within the project we are also looking at lighting and maybe in the future, the possibility of CCTV.”

It is hoped that the skate park project could be completed in the next 12 to 18 months, with a second phase of work then to be looked at.

A family fun day to raise money for the project is taking place on Saturday April 20 at Fairfield Centre. Running from 1pm to 5pm, the event will feature a table top sale, birds of prey demonstration, raffle, tombola, face painting and demonstrations by Flowskate, Ozbox and others.

Raffle prizes include a 32 inch HD TV and a tablet computer. At the event, locals will also get the chance to get involved and have their say on the project. A second fun day in August is currently being planned as are a number of other events.

The committee meet every Monday night at Fairfield Centre at 7pm. New members are always welcome.

To find out more about the project, see www.fairfieldskatepark.webs.com or www.facebook.com/fairfieldsk8park.