Local young people are organising another two days of skate park events during the Community Festival, writes Graham Baker, Bradley Stoke Town Council’s Youth Development & Participation Worker.
After the success of last year’s two days of skate park activity, local young people have again been involved in actively planning and organising another two days of skate park related events during this year’s Community Festival weekend on the 6th & 7th June.
Since the last festival, a core group of young people have been continuously involved in all aspects of making the idea of a new skate park for Bradley Stoke a reality. This has included planning, design, fundraising, establishing key requirements, meeting with potential contractors and working alongside local councillors and officers in the detailed evaluation of tender submissions. It is now hoped that the new park will be built before Christmas.
On Saturday 6th June, the main festival site on Jubilee Green will host a five-foot half pipe with a seven-foot extension (an upgrade on last year), provided by King Ramps. We will also be holding a Street Art demo during the afternoon with the possibility of some tutored participation. There will also be the chance to see and discuss the designs and plans for the new skate park.
On Sunday 7th June, the half pipe will move to the existing skate park site, at the leisure centre, to create additional capacity and space for an all day competition for scooter, BMX, skateboard and inline skate disciplines.
The Sunday competition will run between 11am and 5.30pm with registration between 9.30am and 10.30am (please try and get entry forms in before the day as it will greatly help with planning).
General information, including event poster/flyer, competition entry and consent forms and the planned running order of the day can be found on the Bradley Stoke Town Council website www.bradleystoke.gov.uk and on the young people’s Facebook page (‘Bradley Stoke Skatepark‘).
The Facebook page is currently being revamped and will also soon have the designs for the new skate park, as will the Bradley Stoke Town Council website.
There will be separate competitions for Under-13, ages 13 to 17 and 18 & over (and sponsored riders). The order of the day and categories may change with numbers, however, the young organisers have decided on a ‘Jam’, ‘all in’ format for the different categories this year. There is a £2 entrance fee for each competition with an array of prizes to be won. The use of helmets is compulsory and other safety equipment is recommended; some helmets will be available on the day.
Both festival days will have several pro-rider demos from scooter riders, BMXers and skateboarders and the Saturday will offer ‘have a go sessions’ with some equipment provided.
All are welcome to both days and the Sunday will offer reasonably priced food and drink (courtesy of Soho caterers) and ice cream, so come along and be amazed by some of the skills and talents of local young people, both as competitors and organisers.
The two days are funded by South Gloucestershire Council’s Positive Activity Fund, the Willow Brook Centre and Bradley Stoke Town Council. In addition, some of the prizes and throw outs have been donated by Crucial BMX and Krazy Scooters.
Young people’s involvement in planning and organising the festival is supported by Bradley Stoke Town Council’s Youth Development & Participation Worker and other Youth Work staff.
If you are a young person living in the Bradley Stoke area and aged 11 to 19 who would like to find out about other planned youth democracy projects or would like to get involved please contact the Youth Development & Participation Worker on 07900 253826 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This article originally appeared in the June 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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