The Greenwich Skatepark Co-Op has been in touch about its plans to build a skate park on the green space at Eastmoor Street, close to the Thames Barrier. It would replace the current facility by the Thames at Woolwich, which is due to be taken over for Crossrail works. Secretary Ashleigh Marsh explains…
“We are applying for funding from sources including Sport England and the Mayor’s Fund, and your support can help us to achieve enough to make sure Greenwich at last has a quality skatepark. The Woolwich skatepark is underused due to its outdated design, with poor surfaces and resulting maintenance problems, and our young people who cannot easily travel across London need somewhere local to develop their skills. If we maximise our fundraising success, we can aim to build a skatepark as good as any in London, to gain a lasting legacy from the Olympics for the South East London community of skaters and riders, and beyond.
“The value of a skatepark can be measured by its appeal to people who may not enjoy team sports, but like to express themselves in other challenging physical activities. A professional quality skatepark will mean our young people will be able to progress from beginners to the highest levels in a positive atmosphere of skill sharing, bringing cultures and generations together. Seeing what visiting professionals and teams can do will be inspirational.
“Our members share many years of skateboarding experience and community work. We will make sure that the new park is designed and built to last by specialists, and will work with the Council to make sure it is well looked after. We are planning to run events such as competitions and summer schools to make sure this opportunity will give maximum benefit to the community. We are in touch with the Greenwich BMX Club, at the Hornfair racing track, and their riders would also welcome a concrete park, with more scope for different techniques.”
The co-op also hopes to build links with The Reach climbing wall and The Raceway go-kart centre, both of which are nearby. A planning application is due in the next fortnight, and construction could start this summer if funds are in place.