Kirkbymoorside locals Callum Crossland and Nathan Kitching had posted details of the event on Grit Scooters Facebook page and much to their surprise, Westy was given the information by Grit and thought it was a great idea! Public Skateparks all over the UK are suffering from the economic climate the same as everything else and the local authorities sometimes don’t appreciate how important they are to the local community. Evidently Scooter riders and the scooter industry can help change that.
When Westy (pictured above with white helmet) arrived there was already quite a crowd waiting, and he quickly got to business by trying the park out. The park has been in place since 2004 although still in good condition, could do with some attention. The locals had already drawn up some ideas of what they wanted and Westy helped by advising of other ways the functionality and flow of the park could be improved. In demand for autographs from the off he gave away some free t-shirts, stickers, posters and wristbands to the locals and let some of them ride his scooter.
The Town Council members who had heard about the event were there (led by the town Mayor Mrs Chris Dowie), have taken on board Callum’s comments and have agreed to investigate ways of improving the park. In the short term fixing the transitions and missing/protruding rivets etc, and in the longer term investigating further funding opportunities. Also Callum has been invited to attend a town meeting in April to speak for the users and explain what they would like to see improved. All of the users of the park will be equally consulted on what changes they would like to see to ensure that the park remains suitable for everyone.
This is a great example of what skatepark users can do if they approach it in a positive manner.
About Nathan Weston (Westy) – Nathan is aged 15 and from York. Among the top ten riders in the country, he is a professional Freestyle scooter rider for the Grit Scooters UK Team. He has travelled throughout the UK, and Europe and the USA to ride.
Nathan is a founding member of the International Scooter Association ‘s Rider Committee and he’s doing an awesome job promoting the sport. His sponsor Grit supports Nathan’s every move and are also members of the ISA.
Find out more about the International Scooter Association by clicking here. And well done to Callum and Bailey Crossland and Nathan Kitching for organising such a great event.