Skaters ask for floodlights at Whitley Bay skatepark so it can be used on darker evenings
A group of skateboarders request that floodlights be installed in a skatepark so that they can use the facility safely in the evening.
Skaters are asking the North Tyneside Council for lighting at Whitley Bay Skatepark, located at The Links, and a petition has been launched online.
George Legg, 18, who started the campaign, said: “A lot of skateboarders like me don’t always have the option to use the skatepark during the day due to our other commitments such as school, college or work.
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“It makes sense that this facility has adequate lighting for those of us who use it at night.
“The skating community is diverse and friendly. A small investment like the requested floodlights would make a huge improvement for all of us and help young people become interested in skating for a night in a safe and accessible place. “
George, who lives in the city, also addressed the issue of anti-social behavior.
“I know there are people who believe that the lighting of the skatepark would cause an increase in anti-social behavior,” he said.
“But this is a damaging stereotype of adolescents and young people as a whole. A lack of lighting actually allows troublemakers who would be deterred by the lighting and the increase in the number of legitimate users of the system. skatepark that would be there because it is brighter and more usable at night.
“Skating is a great sport or hobby, and anyone who comes to the skatepark will find a friendly, welcoming and sensitive community of people who care about each other and our public spaces.
“Due to the Olympics, skateboarding has boomed in popularity, and we want to make sure newcomers have a safe and welcoming environment so that they don’t quickly lose interest and miss out on the benefits of skateboarding. . “
The park, which was opened in 2008, is regularly used by skateboarders, scooters, BMX and rollerblades.
North Tyneside Council said the petition will be reviewed.
A spokesperson added: “It’s great to see the skatepark facilities we installed in 2008 used so well.
“The park was developed in consultation with the skating community to ensure the design was safe and suitable for their needs, and we are delighted that this has proven to be a success.
“As a listening board, we will of course take into consideration the views of the petitioners.”
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