Kirkbymoorside Skate Park news

The International Scooter Association has always said it’s the riders that will make the sport what it is and someone who’s leading by example is a pro rider named “Nathan Weston”. The Grit Pro Team Rider got invited to go to a park in the small town of Kirkbymoorside in rural North Yorkshire to try and help the locals raise awareness of the park, and generally help out.

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.

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15 Responses to Kirkbymoorside Skate Park news

  1. Jean March 29, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

    The skate park has always been a nuisance to those who live in the vicinity, but the scooters are much worse than skate boards. Because they have ‘handle bars’ they can be pulled up much higher, and so fall further, with much much more noise. Please please think of those of us who have to listent to this din before encouraging further use of scooters.

  2. heidi lemmon March 31, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    Keeping youth off the streets and healthy trumps your need for “quiet”.
    They are not as noisey as you claim and planting shrubs around the park and in front of your house is the best way to take care of the problem.
    After 18 years of this it is usually not the “noise” but the fact that there are so many young people out there not wearing a uniform that residenst find upsetting.

    • Jean April 1, 2012 at 11:20 am #

      Heidi: We will have to agree to differ on whether scooters are as noisy as I claim (although I could point out that I am sitting here listening to them, and you are not). Some shrubs around the park would be nice, if you could arrange that. Sorry, I don’t understand your point about uniforms.

      • Ben March 30, 2015 at 10:16 pm #

        To Jean
        What Heidi will have meant by ‘uniform’ is protective gear like a helmet and knee pads etc to prevent serious injury. The most important one of course being a helmet.
        Most skate park users will not bother to wear one at a public park, as it is kind of seen as unfashionable and there is nobody to enforce there use at a public park. It’s the responsibility of the user of the park regardless of his/her age at the end of the day. It will be sign posted that it is highly recommended.
        What Heidi was saying is that more people have issue with the young children that use skate parks without a helmet and end up being seriously injured by accident, rather than anything to do with the noise.
        I use to be a regular BMX rider and regular skate park user so I think I am a bit more informed than you in a way. Skateboarding is by far the most noisy extreme sport. They made a constant loud noise when being used on anything but the most smooth concrete. Scooters are extremely quiet, almost noiseless when just being ridden, probably even quieter than a bike because there is no noise from a freewheel.
        The noise you are moaning about will be from the sound of any user hitting the metal plate at the bottom of the wooden ramps and/or the metal coping at the top of the ramp, or grinds being done on any of the grind rails. That will be of a similar sound level regardless of a bike/skateboard/scooter being used.
        The point you made about the level of the handlebars on scooters is completely ignorant and meaningless. You have taken a positive post about the youth of the community and their interest in an active sport, plus a young professional rider coming to promote the park into a medium to moan about the noise it causes and how you wish to discourage it. Nice one! Lets just have them all sit inside all day and play computer games, like they are stereotypically expected to do.
        If you do not like the sound your easiest option is to move or install double glazing. Alternatively you could argue with the council to relocate the park or make it out of concrete so it is quieter or install more sound proofing. Good luck with any of that. Given that this post is 3 years late you have probably already moved.

  3. Anonymous April 3, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    skate parks all over the country are helping keep young and older children off of the streets so to be honest a small amount of noise doesn’t really affect any of us. we should be thankful that the children in our local area actually have a health interest these days.

    • Jean April 5, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

      Anonymous,whether you consider the amount of noise ‘small’, and whether it affects you, rather depends on where you live, and how much noise irritates you. I live next to the skate park, and the noise irritates me a lot. I don’t think that being able to enjoy one’s own home in reasonable peace and tranquility is too much to ask.

  4. James May 22, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    I think it’s brilliant that the park is being used still! I was there when we campaigned to get it and used it for years. There was a period where it didn’t seem that it was used for it’s purpose for a while but the last time I was back from university I was thrilled to see it busy with kids. Keep them doing what they love and support them any way you can!

  5. DYLANESQ May 22, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    I totally understand how Jean feels.That loud, repetitive clacking noise drives me nuts too. Every subsequent generation seems to select either an activity (e.g. skateboarding) or fashion (extremely baggy pants revealing butt crack)which serve the intended pourpose of drawing a highly annoying identity line between the generations. That is the purpose of the activity. Both parties have rights but,in this case, only one seems to lose out.

    Part of living in a community is that we have to try to accomodate or, at least, tolerate differences.It’s just not possible always to satisfy all the various needs and, in this case, is a matter of debate as to whether the community needs ‘trumps’ Jean’s.She faces an unpleasant choice.Either she can fight to change the location to a less noisy one. Or she could sell her house and move. Or she could fight to have the hours of use restricted.She could have the noise level measured and compared to local zoning standards. Skaters, on the other hand, could consider using robber coated wheels.

    Life in the ‘big city’ sucks sometimes.Why is it that at the very moment I sit down on my porch on an early and peaceful Sunday morning, a resident across the street decides to throw his skateboard down in front of my house and totally destroy the atmosphere ?

  6. Anonymous June 4, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    i live by the skate park, yes its noisy, but not that intrusive. its great for the children & young people to have somewhere to ride, safely, off the streets. i look forward to hearing about the plans to change/improve the skate park.

  7. abi June 5, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    i live opposite the skate park, and yes its a bit noisy at times, but i don’t find the noise instrusive. i would rather that the children and young people had somewhere safe to ride their bikes, scooters & skateboards, rather than just roaming the streets! the young people that use the skate park are generally polite and helpful, and seem to take care of those younger ones just learning how to ride the ramps.

  8. Jack June 25, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    where is this skatepark? I am coming here in july and staying at piercy end but not too sure where I could find it? help please!!

    • Gareth June 26, 2012 at 10:09 am #

      Hi Jack you will not be far away – here’s a link to a map http://goo.gl/maps/rRTo just go up Piercy End, right on Howe End and at the turning right to Old Road there’s the entrance to the play area where you will find the skate park. Hope you have a great time in Kirkby. There’s also an indoor skatepark in York I believe which you could google. If you are into cycling there’s Newfield Park in Pickering and then Dalby Forest is great for mountain biking.

  9. DYLANESQ July 6, 2012 at 5:16 am #

    None of you are listening to Jean’s legitimate complaint and, as she says, you may also not live right on top of this facility.It may need to be relocated, especially with a potential influx of hundreds of new families in new developments which are proposed.

    • abi July 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

      i do live on top of this facility! it is the view out of my upstairs windows! i’m not sure how anyone can live much closer!

      yes, i can currently hear a thud and a crash with regular monotony, but its good to hear young people being active and really doesn’t bother me.

      there is NO WHERE else it could be put, unless in the middle of nowhere, and then it wouldn’t get used as it would not be in an accessible place for youngsters to get to.

    • Ben March 30, 2015 at 10:50 pm #

      Jeans ‘legitimate’ complaint is one based mainly upon intolerance and ignorance. If you live near a school you expect to here to hear children playing. If you live next to a race track you would expect to hear engines revving. And if you live next to a skate park you expect to hear people using it. And if you can not put up with that then you would expect to hear yourself moving somewhere else!
      It really is that simple!

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