I recently sent Gravity a load of feedback on the latest park design. Whilst we’re waiting on that to process and come back to us, Ann Akerman had a few concerns;
1) There was an accident on the skate park two weeks ago and the skater said that the paint we had used to cover up the graffiti on the ramp had made it very slippy. I would appreciate your point of view as skaters/BMX’s as to whether you feel this paint to be a problem.
2) Skaters and BMX bikers are causing us a lot of problems at the moment by skating/biking around the tennis pavilion surrounds. I believe this will stop once the café re-opens but they don’t do the project any favours by annoying the staff and public.
3) The most annoying thing is that skaters took the new tennis court fencing apart to gain unauthorised access to the new tennis courts to skate on them. This is totally unacceptable and again gives you no support for the project. The public and staff feeling at the moment is why should the council support the project if the skaters continually abuse other facilities within the park? I realise it is often the minority spoiling it for the majority but there does seem to be a high number of troublesome people on the skate park at the moment.
With that said, I’d just like to make it clear that there are a group of us working really hard to get the skatepark extended. Regardless of your viewpoint on whether it’s needed or not, a lot of people feel it’s necessary and some of us have waited almost 5 to 6 years for a new skatepark to be built in Coventry. Covpark has often been named as the best place for a new or extended skatepark to appear, and now we’re in a situation where a suitable skatepark might get made, we have people trespassing on newly refurbished architecture, giving us a bad name and putting the whole project in jeopardy.
Use your heads – if you see potential skatespots in Memorial Park, keep off them.
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