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SOUTHPORT SKATEPARK PROJECT

SKATEBOARDING BY SKATEBOARDERS FOR SKATEBOARDERS

JUNE 2007

NEWSLETTER

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

KR8ER SKATEPARK TO BE RE-SURFACED

Welcome to the first SSP Newsletter!

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 skate- parks.

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.

Sefton Council Leisure Services recently confirmed that the wooden ramps at

the Kr8er are to be re-surfaced “

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 re- surfaced in 2005 when the work led to the closure of the park for two days while the work was completed.

approximately 6 weeks”. No specific date

in

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

WICKED WEEKEND— AUGUST 25TH/26TH

Inside this issue you will find:

US skatepark designers at work in the UK

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YMCA Bridge

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Project

Anti-skating bye

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law

Skatepark

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violence

SSP survey and online petition

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Skatepark News

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Links

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Merseyside Police in conjunction with Sefton Youth Service & Sefton Tourism, Arcade Sports and Cham- pion 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 Cham- pion.

It will include the TEAM EXTREME mo- bile street skatepark, graffiti walls, hip hop and MC tents, five-a-side, a climb- ing wall, live bands, plus other activities!

TEAM EXTREME have previously pro- vided 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, commenta-

tors and many years of experience, Team Extreme draw huge crowds at any event.

Martin Hovden, editor of the Cham- pion’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 de- signed by Kyle Brown (13) and Lewis Evans (12) and will soon be displayed all over town.

For more information on TEAM EX- TREME go to:

www.teamextreme.co.uk

* Vert ramp not available at this event— sorry.

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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 de- sign/construction companies are currently at work at Saffron Wal- den, Essex.

To date the company have com- pleted over 40 skateparks in the USA and now they are over here in the UK, providing a benchmark skate- park to lead the way for other coun- cils 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 port- folio disproportionately rich with world-famous skateparks that reso- nate 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 Middlesbor- ough, and WORMHOUDT at Pen- zance, 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 con- structed by playground companies without the required experience.

and

speaks

for itself.

Quality

requires

investment,

reputation

DREAMLAND’s

Full details about this skatepark pro- ject, 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

on DREAMLAND SKATEPARKS go to: www.dreamlandskateparks.com YMCA BRIDGE PROJECT The Bridge Project Committee had, at

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 coach- ing 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

B RIDGE P ROJECT C OMMITTEE MEETINGS ARE HELD AT THE YMCA I N H OGHTON

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 Po- lice 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.

P AGE 3 SOUTHPORT’S ‘ANTI-SKATING’ BYE LAW—WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW! The ’anti-skating’ bye-law came
P AGE 3 SOUTHPORT’S ‘ANTI-SKATING’ BYE LAW—WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW! The ’anti-skating’ bye-law came

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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 arti- cle. In the interests of fully informing skaters and other interested par- ties about the bye-law, here are the key points.

DESIGNATED ‘ANTI-SKATING’/ BMX AREAS

The bye-law prohibits skateboarding, BMX biking etc. in 4 designated areas:

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1) Princess Diana Gardens 2) The Bandstand 3) Southport Pier 4) The Pier Forecourt. Outside of these areas these activities are prohibited on any foot- way 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

PRINCESS DIANA GARDENS

THE BANDSTAND

“No person shall skate, slide or ride on rollers, skateboards or other self- propelled vehicles in the designated areas except where authorized to do so by the owner of the land”

THE PIER

“Outside the designated areas, no person shall skate, slide or ride on rollers, skateboards or any other self-propelled vehicles on any footway or carriage- way in such a manner as to cause danger or give reasonable grounds for annoyance to other persons using the footway or carriageway.”

PIER FORECOURT

Southport-Skatepark-Project’s policy on the bye-law is clear. We sup- port 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 sen- sibly, 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.

SKATING/RIDING IN THESE AREAS WILL COMPROMISE THE FUTURE OF SKATEBOARD FACILITIES IN THE TOWN

DON’T DO IT!

SKATE

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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 Sup-

port.

The event has been organ- ized by Laura Powell, co- designer of Clitheroe Skatepark. For more infor- mation contact skate4char- ity@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 con- tact 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 South- port Police Station on the following numbers:

Town Centre: 0151 777 3441

Southport North East 0151 777 3442

IN AN EMERGENCY ALWAYS DIAL 999

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SKATEPARK NEWS Penicuik, south of Edinburgh now has a newly opened con- crete skatepark and
SKATEPARK NEWS Penicuik, south of Edinburgh now has a newly opened con- crete skatepark and

SKATEPARK

NEWS

Penicuik, south of Edinburgh now has a newly opened con- crete 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 contrib- uted £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

Stockwell skatepark in Lon- don 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 represen- tatives from the UKSA. Free- style can be contacted via their website at:

www.freestyleramps.com

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

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 Ar- cade Sports or hand it back to one of us.

The quality of skateparks in the UK is improving all the time. The evi- dence can be seen in the SKATEPARK NEWS section. There is no rea- son whatsoever why the skatepark users of Southport should not be in- cluded in this, but we will only succeed by working hard and working to- gether 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!

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 use- ful internet links. Check them out

United Kingdom Skateboarding Association:

www.ukskate.org.uk/

Skaters For Public Skateparks:

www.skatersforpublicskateparks.org/

Tony Hawk Foundation: www.tonyhawkfoundation.org/

Duracrete Limited— www.duracrete.co.uk

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