Verwood Skatepark has taken over ten years of people campaigning to get it to the stage of the extension in 2013. I was around 14 when I was in council meetings with my friends who were fundraising with the youthclub to get a skatepark. I am now 30, I helped build the extension in 2013 and I am still there regularly riding the park and trails and building the trails. I have close contact with members of the council and the coach and the community team members and I have set up a usergroup with a bank account. The skatepark has brought so many people together over the years and I wouldn't have the awesome friends and life I have today if it wasn't there. My aim is to get funding to hold a skate/bmx jam at the end of summer and in the long run get enough funding to register the group as a charity in order to apply for larger grants for an extension on the existing skatepark and development of the trails.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Skateboarding and Bmx bring people together more than people may recognise in their local communities, a decent skatepark incourages more people to start skateboarding or bmx and provides a place for young people to meet up, hopefully reducing antisocial behaviour in town centres and on the streets. We want to make the scene at verwood bigger than ever so we are looking at holding a bmx skate jam by the end of summer, hopefully gaining more support along the way and more funding opportunities for our overall goal of building an extension and improving the facilities further.
Steps to get it done:
What we have at potterne is great but myself and others feel it's not finished. I need as much help as I can get and this is one of the ways I am getting started. Our facebook page is verwood skatepark and trails, my telephone number is 07588343304
About the space
East Dorset District Council