Skate park opens following youngsters’ campaign

A skate park has been built in a playing field off Occupation Lane in Hackenthorpe. Our picture shows a skate park user showing off his skills.
A skate park has been built in a playing field off Occupation Lane in Hackenthorpe. Our picture shows a skate park user showing off his skills.

Youngsters in Hackenthorpe are jumping for joy following the opening of a long-awaited skate park.

The purpose-built park, created on playing fields off Occupation Lane, got off the ground after a campaign by local youngsters.

They lobbied Sheffield City Council and set up a Facebook page to raise awareness of the need for recreation facilities in the area.

The park includes ramps where skateboarders and BMX bikers can practise their tricks.

New seating, waste bins and a gate have also been installed as part of the £25,000

scheme – which was funded by community cash from housing developments.

Coun Karen McGowan, Labour member for Birley ward, who backed their call, she said: “I have never been so proud of anything. So many kids have been on it… and they all say how great it is.”

The park had been controversial, with concerns that it could lead to anti-social behaviour, or be unsafe because of its proximity to a tram stop.

A petition was presented, opposing the plan, but it finally went ahead after a consultation and a public meeting at which the youngsters voiced their support.