Youths battling for skate park should be praised

Woldgate college - Sammy Wilson - Milly Morris - Lucy Ruff and Chris Macdonald
Woldgate college - Sammy Wilson - Milly Morris - Lucy Ruff and Chris Macdonald

THE opinion of the so-called ‘youth of today’ is rarely appreciated and listened to, but Pocklington’s new skate park represents everything that is positive about young people who step up and take responsibility.

Often, the media highlight teens’ worst points instead of celebrating their triumphs, yet recently some of Pocklington’s teens have shown much to be praised on.

The pastime of skating is often subject to the harshest of stereotyping with young people seen on the streets with skateboards or bikes, being the target of much disdain.

However, a closer look into the circumstances surrounding the proposed new skate park on Pocklington’s West Green reveals an entirely different story.

Few people are aware that a small group of around a dozen passionate teenagers have been quietly campaigning for the introduction of such facilities for over two years. The group’s hard work began in the style of any self-respecting campaign when a petition with over 200 names was presented to the local council.

Now, after months of trying, the proactive youngsters are arranging meetings with Pocklington councillors to discuss business. The skate park’s story is one of true perseverance and intuition.

The project was suspended for over six months when the company tasked with designing the park failed to produce material. Needless to say, the committed campaigners refocused and, incredibly, have researched, budgeted and designed a park with no professional help.

The group has held weekly meetings every Wednesday since November 2011 to discuss their plans and are now considering applying for National Lottery grant money to fund the final and critical stage of their project.

The visual result would be a safe, free to use amenity which will see dozens of Pocklington’s youngsters involved in a healthy activity.

Skaters will be well away from the kerbs and pavements which currently provide makeshift equipment for some of the town’s skaters with nowhere else to pursue their passion.

The unseen result, meanwhile, would be something of a triumph over adversity for a responsible, committed group of young people who have worked tirelessly, and in a respectable manner, to fulfil their aims.

May the skaters get their park and practise their sport in the knowledge that locals support them and respect their persistence and determination to make something positive happen in our area.