Children call for local skatepark renovation

A group of young skateboarders in the city are calling for the renovation of the War Memorial Park skatepark, including the entire area being resurfaced.

A group of school children are calling for the renovation of the War Memorial Park skatepark ramps in Coventry.

Briony, aged eight, is one of a group of children from Earlsdon Primary School who have put together the petition to Coventry City Council asking for refurbishment work at the skatepark.

She said: “We love skateboarding, and we really think it could be improved. We hope that lots of other children will support us.”

Cllr Dr Kindy Sandhu, Earlsdon Ward Councillor, was with the young people when they presented their petition to Cllr Abdul Khan, Cabinet Member for Parks. Cllr Sandhu said: “To have put together a petition and to have set up a campaign for an issue they are passionate about is to be applauded.”

Lorelie, Oscar, George, Briony and Quinn, aged between eight and eleven years, have been campaigning for over six months for the renovation of the skatepark in the War Memorial Park. 

Skateboarding is their passion, and Briony, in particular, is keen for more girls to take up the sport. The children believe the current skatepark is in need of drastic repair, and say it is too small for the number of young people who currently use it. 

They have been working hard on their campaign from making bags to posting information about the campaign on social media. Last week the children even went to Finham Park School to talk to the student council.