Children design own skate park

Old bowling green in Normanton to be turned into a skate park, aswell as transforming a building into a youth centre.'L to R) Cllr Elaine Blezard, Youth worker Darrel Robinson, PC Wayne Green, PCSO Chris Brown.'w7628a204
Old bowling green in Normanton to be turned into a skate park, aswell as transforming a building into a youth centre.'L to R) Cllr Elaine Blezard, Youth worker Darrel Robinson, PC Wayne Green, PCSO Chris Brown.'w7628a204

YOUNGSTERS who want a new skate park built are leading the way in its design.

Last year teenagers launched a campaign to replace the dangerous and derelict park off the Normanton bypass.

They have been supported by police, councillors and youth workers who have teamed up to look at suitable options.

And plans for a new skate park, along with a Multi Use Game Area (MUGA) and some sort of youth club look set to be designed for a derelict bowling green and outbuilding at Haw Hill Park, off Castleford Road.

The scheme is being backed by the Standing Up For Normanton campaign, after children told us they need something new.

A youth club already exists at the park and children have been designing their ideas for the future.

Wakefield and Normanton Town councillor Elaine Blezard said: “We want an area where the kids of Normanton can call their own and be proud of.

“But for that to happen we want their ideas and input.

“This is not going to happen overnight, but the momentum is there at the moment and the different agencies are looking at what funding we can apply for.”

The old skate park was demolished and the new one is likely to cost thousands of pounds.

Youngsters who want to help should attend the youth club from 5pm to 7pm on Mondays and Fridays or visit the town hall.

The Express launched the Standing Up For Normanton campaign to give something back to the people of Normanton, Altofts and Sharlston, and make sure your voices are heard in the right places.

A reporter is at Sliced, on High Street, from 10.30am to 11.30am every Friday.

Or contact David Nichols on 01924 433013 or david.nichols@ wakefieldexpress.co.uk.