Persistence pays off for youngsters as Whaley Thorns skate park opens

Supporters and organisers of the new Whaley Thorns skate park pictured at it's official opening last Saturday by the President of Warsop, Shirebrook and District Rotary Club, Roger Wright.  The park came about after P.C. Adam Galley was approached by local youngsters Kieran Elliott and Logan Hill who helped get the project started.
Supporters and organisers of the new Whaley Thorns skate park pictured at it's official opening last Saturday by the President of Warsop, Shirebrook and District Rotary Club, Roger Wright. The park came about after P.C. Adam Galley was approached by local youngsters Kieran Elliott and Logan Hill who helped get the project started.

A NEW skate and bike park has opened in Whaley Thorns, thanks to the persistence of two local youngsters.

Kieran Elliott (14) from Whaley Thorns and Logan Hill (16) from Langwith collected over 150 signatures in February 2011 in support of opening a skatepark after being persistently warned by police about the dangers of using roads and pavements.

Raising money to cover a portion of the costs, and gathering support from the police, parish and county councils, along with other community groups, the skate ramps were brought in from Pinxton where they were unused, while £2,000 lighting costs were covered by the Rotary Club.

Pc Adam Galley, who had often spoken with the youngsters about riding on the pavements and roads in the past, said: “It’s great to see the plans coming to life.

“I think it shows how the community and local agencies can really work together to achieve what they want for their area and I hope that the facility will be used for many years to come.”

Roger Wright, president of Warsop, Shirebrook and District Rotary Club said: “It’s fantastic to see many youngsters using the skate park during the evenings, in an area which was never used at all.”

Richard Goad, chairman of New Generations youth committee, said: “This skate park is an excellent example of the good work in the area. We hope that local youngsters and residents will really benefit from this project.”