Posted on 2nd November 2012
Youngsters in Oakwood were treated to a special activity this week thanks to an event provided by Oakwood Neighbourhood Board.
More than 80 youngsters took part in a skate ramp session at Oakwood Park on Monday, October 29.
Youngsters between the ages of seven and 15 were able to take part in a skate session where equipment was provided and ramps were set up for the fun activity. Prizes were kindly donated by Rollersnakes in Derby.
The aim of the session was to help youngsters enjoy the half term as well as to gauge the amount of interest from the local community in pursuing a permanent skate ramp park.
Richard Smail, Partnership Manager for Oakwood neighbourhood said:” It was a great turnout of 86 youngsters, as well as parents and grandparents coming to watch.
“I’d really like to say a big thank you to Extreme Wheels who ran the session, thanks also to our local youth workers Ruth Hardy, Leigh Sutcliffe and Rachael Yates.
“However the aim of the event was to find out how much interest there is in the actual siting of a permanent skate ramp.
“We are looking for volunteers who want to help form a group that will develop a business case/funding proposal for a permanent facility. So far we have six names but would like to see more volunteers come forward on the basis that this event proved so popular.
“We are in a situation where funding is limited for these kind of projects, so we hope that the positive outcome of this event prompts further action from interested parties."
Ruth Hardy the local youth worker said:” We weren’t really sure how many would turn up in the three hours but the turnout was overwhelming. It is clear that such a facility would be used and would provide the youngsters in the area something to enjoy and prevent anti-social behavior from taking place.”
If you would like to be a volunteer for the fund raising project please contact Richard Smail on: 01332 258505
To contact the Oakwood Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team call 101, the non emergency number for Derbyshire police, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.