SOUTHPORT SKATEPARK PROJECT

JUNE 2007 NEWSLETTER
SKATEBOARDING

BY SKATEBOARDERS FOR SKATEBOARDERS

E-MAIL: SOUTHPORT-SKATEPARK-PROJECT@HOTMAIL.CO.UK

KR8ER SKATEPARK TO BE RE-SURFACED
Welcome to the first SSP Newsletter!

Sefton Council Leisure Services recently confirmed that the wooden ramps at the Kr8er are to be re-surfaced “...in approximately 6 weeks”. No specific date for the re-surfacing work was given, however the timescale should have meant the work would have been completed by approximately May 14th. Details were not given regarding who will carry out the work, Fearless Ramps, who originally built the park in 2004, or other contractors. The park was last fully resurfaced in 2005 when the work led to the closure of the park for two days while the work was completed. Two years of wear and tear, weather damage, and some random acts of vandalism have seen the ramps deteriorate significantly recently. Large chunks are missing from the top sheets of the mini-ramp in particular, leaving it potentially dangerous for skateboarders/in-line skaters. SSP has supplied Leisure Services with photographs of the damage, along with the ‘Skatepark Maintenance’ document from Skaters For Public Skateparks, which compares the long-term expense of maintaining wooden, ramps against the maintenance of concrete skateparks. Readers see the ’Skatepark Maintenance’ PDF themselves at www.skatersforpublicskateparks.org

This is the first in a series of monthly newsletters informing the skatepark users of Southport what is going on in the town and in other towns/cities across the UK.

We also aim to provide an information resource for councillors and other interested parties in the town who are involved with skateboarding and skateparks.

If you have something you would like to see in next months SSP newsletter please contact us at the e mail address, and we will try to include it.

WICKED WEEKEND— AUGUST 25TH/26TH
Merseyside Police in conjunction with Sefton Youth Service & Sefton Tourism, Arcade Sports and Champion Newspapers have announced a two day youth based event for the August Bank Holiday weekend. The event has been named ‘Wicked Weekend’ following a competition to name the event in the Southport Champion. It will include the TEAM EXTREME mobile street skatepark, graffiti walls, hip hop and MC tents, five-a-side, a climbing wall, live bands, plus other activities! TEAM EXTREME have previously provided skate facilities for Liverpool’s ‘HUB Festival’ and are the UK's only professional BMX, Skateboard and Inline display team. With vert halfpipes*, a street course, mini and jump ramps, coupled to sound systems, commentators and many years of experience, Team Extreme draw huge crowds at any event. Martin Hovden, editor of the Champion’s ‘Live Sounds’ will be taking a keen interest in ensuring that the best quality local bands available will play at the event. Interested bands should contact: martin.hovden@champnews.com Posters for the event have been designed by Kyle Brown (13) and Lewis Evans (12) and will soon be displayed all over town. For more information on TEAM EXTREME go to: www.teamextreme.co.uk * Vert ramp not available at this event— sorry.

Inside this issue you will find:
US skatepark designers at work in the UK YMCA Bridge Project 2

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Anti-skating bye 3 law Skatepark violence SSP survey and online petition 3 4

Skatepark News 4 Links 4

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SOUTHPORT SKATEPARK PROJECT

TOP US SKATEPARK DESIGN/CONSTRUCTION COMPANY AT WORK IN THE UK!
DREAMLAND SKATEPARKS, one of the world’s top skatepark design/construction companies are currently at work at Saffron Walden, Essex. To date the company have completed over 40 skateparks in the USA and now they are over here in the UK, providing a benchmark skatepark to lead the way for other councils to follow. DREAMLAND have this to say about themselves on their web site: “Dreamland employs no common "laborers." Every team member is a highly proficient skateboarder, and the results stemming from a passion for the sport and uncompromising focus on quality are evident: a portfolio disproportionately rich with world-famous skateparks that resonate powerfully among participant bodies and remain engaging for many years.” We at SSP are thrilled to see DREAMLAND at work in the UK, following the success of other US skatepark designers SITE DESIGN GROUP at Prissick in Middlesborough, and WORMHOUDT at Penzance, Cornwall. We hope that Sefton Council and many others will look to this kind of professional project in the future rather than “cheap and cheerful” pre-fabricated skateparks, often constructed by playground companies without the required experience. Quality requires investment, and DREAMLAND’s reputation speaks for itself. Full details about this skatepark project, including current photos of the construction process can be found here: www.oneminetpark.co.uk For more info on DREAMLAND SKATEPARKS go to: www.dreamlandskateparks.com

YMCA BRIDGE PROJECT
The Bridge Project Committee had, at time of publication, now had two meetings and is currently engaged in trying to set up a basic coaching level for skateboarding. The aim is to replicate the ‘Skate Smart’ programme, currently recognized by the British Roller Sports Federation for rollerskating, but geared towards beginner skateboarders. Members of the committee are involved in developing this programme. Bridge Project Rollersports Officer Ben Severs, and Jill Rothwell of the YMCA recently met with a representative of the UK Skateboarding Association in London to discuss the issue of coaching in skateboarding. Further information on the Bridge Project for 11-19 year old’s can be obtained by contacting Ben Severs on 01704 538317 or e mail: Ben.s@southportYMCA.org

BRIDGE PROJECT COMMITTEE
MEETINGS ARE HELD AT THE

YMCA IN HOGHTON STREET. CONTACT BEN SEVERS FOR
MORE INFORMATION

NEW MAYOR FOR SEFTON
SOUTHPORT-SKATEPARK-PROJECT wishes to congratulate Councillor Richard Hands on being appointed the new Mayor of Sefton. Councillor Hands, together with the SK8 skateboard group, was instrumental in the construction of the current KR8ER skatepark in late 2003. To date he has been the only Councillor to attend meetings of skaters and local Police Officers held at Southport Arts centre, where he was able to shed much light on the situation for the assembled group. SSP wishes him well in his new role and hopes for his continued support in the future. Independent Meetings between local Police Officers, representatives of SSP, the Bridge Project and independent local skatepark users, have continued at the Arts Centre, following the Police Open Forum in 2006. These meetings have been facilitated by PC Joanne Shakeshaft and PCSO Chris Ward. The aim is to work with local skaters to help solve issues over skateboarding in the community and to support skaters in their bid for better facilities in the town. These meetings inspired PC Shakeshaft to organise the ‘Wicked Weekend’ youth event. Councillors and council staff involved in the provision of sports/leisure facilities in the town are welcome to attend these meetings.

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SOUTHPORT’S ‘ANTI-SKATING’ BYE LAW—WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!
The ’anti-skating’ bye-law came into operation in Southport on 28th October 2005, however, few people have actually seen the written article. In the interests of fully informing skaters and other interested parties about the bye-law, here are the key points. The bye-law prohibits skateboarding, BMX biking etc. in 4 designated areas: 1) Princess Diana Gardens 2) The Bandstand 3) Southport Pier 4) The Pier Forecourt. Outside of these areas these activities are prohibited on any footway or carriageway if they cause a danger or annoyance to other highway users. The newly pedestrianised Chapel Street fits the description of Public Highway, therefore the bye-law applies there also. QUOTES FROM THE BYE-LAW “No person shall skate, slide or ride on rollers, skateboards or other selfpropelled vehicles in the designated areas except where authorized to do so by the owner of the land” “Outside the designated areas, no person shall skate, slide or ride on rollers, skateboards or any other self-propelled vehicles on any footway or carriageway in such a manner as to cause danger or give reasonable grounds for annoyance to other persons using the footway or carriageway.” Southport-Skatepark-Project’s policy on the bye-law is clear. We support the bye-law and actively encourage skaters/BMXers NOT to skate/ ride in the designated areas in order to win the support of the Council and members of the public for improved skatepark facilities in the town. Outside of the designated areas we ask skaters/riders to act sensibly, responsibly, within the law, and with the safety of themselves and members of the public in mind. Southport-Skatepark-Project has posted the FULL text of the anti-skating bye-law on the Southport Skateboarders Forum at www.solidsurf.co.uk.

DESIGNATED ‘ANTI-SKATING’/ BMX AREAS

PRINCESS DIANA
GARDENS

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THE BANDSTAND THE PIER PIER FORECOURT

SKATING/RIDING IN THESE AREAS WILL COMPROMISE THE FUTURE OF SKATEBOARD FACILITIES IN THE TOWN DON’T DO IT!

SKATE 4 CHARITY
A ‘skate & donate’ over 21’s skateboarding night will take place at Interact Skatepark, Burnley on 2nd June, from 8.00PM— Midnight. Entry is £10 on the door and all door money goes to Macmillan Cancer Support. The event has been organized by Laura Powell, codesigner of Clitheroe Skatepark. For more information contact skate4charity@yahoo.co.uk

VIOLENCE AND INTIMIDATION AT THE SKATEPARK
No skatepark users should have to suffer violence, fear of violence or intimidation while using the skatepark. The park has 24 hour CCTV from the pod outside the front gate on Marine Way Bridge, run by Sefton Community Safety Partnership. If you need to contact them about an incident you think may have been captured on CCTV use the number displayed on the lamp post: 0151 922 6107 To report an incident to Merseyside Police ring: 0151 709 6010 Local Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers for the Town Centre and Southport North East Neighbourhoods can be contacted at Southport Police Station on the following numbers: Town Centre: 0151 777 3441 Southport North East 0151 777 3442 IN AN EMERGENCY ALWAYS DIAL 999 skateboarding BY skateboarders FOR skateboarders

SKATEPARK NEWS
Penicuik, south of Edinburgh now has a newly opened concrete skatepark and the results look VERY impressive. The park was constructed in response to local skaters frequently skating at the local shopping precinct. The Big Lottery Fund contributed £135,000 into funding the design and construction of the skatepark, with the total cost at around £230,000. For more information go to: www.penicuikskatepark.co.uk

THE SSP QUESTIONNAIRE….. AND ONLINE PETITION!
The primary aim of SOUTHPORT-SKATEPARK-PROJECT is to lobby Sefton Council for a high quality concrete skatepark, designed by professionals with a background in skatepark design with input from local skaters/riders, and constructed by engineers with proven experience of high quality skatepark construction. In order to achieve this we need input from skatepark users themselves, so a survey form has been created. If you have a paper copy of this newsletter then you should have a copy of the survey form included with it. If it’s missing or you’re reading the electronic version you can get hold of a copy from ARCADE SPORTS, from an SSP skater at the skatepark, or by e mailing us. Follow the instructions and then either return it to Arcade Sports or hand it back to one of us. The quality of skateparks in the UK is improving all the time. The evidence can be seen in the SKATEPARK NEWS section. There is no reason whatsoever why the skatepark users of Southport should not be included in this, but we will only succeed by working hard and working together to reach our goal. Apathy is the skateboarders greatest enemy. When skaters do nothing then nothing is what skaters get. Make sure YOUR voice is heard by filling in and returning a survey form. The ONLINE PETITION needs YOUR support too! Go to: www.ipetitions.com/petition/SOUTHPORTskatepark/index.html And add YOUR signature to the list!

Stockwell skatepark in London is to be given a facelift shortly. Concrete will replace the wooden ramps removed last year by the council. The project will be overseen by Jeremy Donaldson, European rep for www.skatersforpublicskatepa rks.org. Jeremy is a skater and professional architect.

East Staffordshire is soon to be getting a concrete skatepark designed by FREESTYLE SKATEPARKS in conjunction with local skaters and representatives from the UKSA. Freestyle can be contacted via their website at: www.freestyleramps.com

END OF PART ONE!
We hope you have found something of interest in this, our first newsletter. The July newsletter will be issued on or shortly after 20th June. Please contact us at the email address with any comments or requests for further information. Finally here is a list of additional useful internet links. Check them out... United Kingdom Skateboarding Association: www.ukskate.org.uk/ Skaters For Public Skateparks: www.skatersforpublicskateparks.org/

Uckfield in East Sussex is another small town shortly to be getting a concrete skatepark, again designed by Jeremy Donaldson. This follows his projects at Cantelowes and Stockwell mentioned above.

Tony Hawk Foundation: www.tonyhawkfoundation.org/ Duracrete Limited— www.duracrete.co.uk