Professionals drop in for a day of demos and fun at Keynsham skate park
Keynsham’s skate park welcomed professional skateboarders and BMX riders for a day-long event during which young residents were asked for their views on the town’s parks, play areas and activities.
Pro skateboarder Darrell Dominguez and Team GB BMX rider Jack Clark were among those demonstrating skills to young people and families who gathered in the Memorial Park for the event with King Ramps on Saturday, April 20.
The long-awaited skate park lights have now also been installed by the town council, with three solar-powered columns providing light until 9pm each evening.
The lights have been welcomed by youth council Keynsham Now after a lengthy campaign to have them installed and town clerk Cheryl Scott said: “This has been a very lengthy and arduous process and the town council would like to thank young people of Keynsham for their understanding and patience.
“We do hope that the new lighting will enable the facility to be used more. Following the success of the skate park event, it has given the town council more ideas to discuss in respect of future events and future facilities.”
Skateboarder Darrell praised the design of the skate park and the addition of lighting. Speaking about the sport, he said: “As well as being good physically, it’s a good thing in terms of being able to give kids something to do besides being on the streets. It keeps them occupied in a really positive way, it’s healthy and it’s a good way to meet friends and build a social circle as well.”
The event was hosted by Keynsham Town Council, which had staff on hand to invite youngsters to fill out surveys on local recreation areas and activities and what they would like to see in future as the authority draws up its Neighbourhood Development Plan.
The youngest children were asked which of the town parks were their favourite, what equipment they liked to use most and were then invited to choose their favourites from a number of “themed” play areas, including castles, a pirate ship and treetop towers.
Young people up to the age of 19 were asked in a separate questionnaire about activities for their age groups in the town such as clubs, sports facilities and events, how often they visit the High Street and green spaces and how they could be improved, job opportunities for young people and what they felt were the biggest issues facing the town.
A third questionnaire asked residents of all ages for their views on recreation and leisure facilities in the town and local green spaces and how they should develop in the future.
Anyone who would like to fill out a questionnaire can email email@example.com, call 0117 986 8683 or find copies at the library, leisure centre, Community at 67, Somerdale Pavilion and local churches.
- Photo: Mike May