Event sparks new Cromer skatepark appeal

Campaigners who want to see a permanent skate park in Cromer have appealed for the town to get behind them ahead of an event next week.

And they are still eyeing two town locations - North Lodge Park and The Meadow - as potential locations.

With no facilities for skaters, a mobile skate park is being brought to the Runton Road car park from 11am to 5pm on Wednesday.

It is a welcome return for skaters and BMXers, who last Easter spent a day using a similar mobile unit.

Cromer Parish Church youth minister Edward Land, one of the organisers, said he was regularly having to take groups of skaters to Great Yarmouth because there was no permanent park for them in Cromer.

He said: 'Needless to say, we all still hope for a permanent wheeled park facility in the long term. However, in the meantime it seems crucial to keep it on the agenda as well as to continue to consult with young people, the wider community and holiday visitors.

'Please come along and support this day as we feel that a skate park is just what the young people need here in Cromer.'

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The 11-piece temporary park at Runton Road has been offered at less than half price by makers Highline Extreme.

Sponsors include Poppyland Partnership, Cromer Parish Church, Cromer Christian Fellowship, Cromer Town Council fireworks fund, Cromer Carnival Committee and the Kingswood Activity Centre. North Norfolk District Council is providing the hard standing area of the car park.

Mr Land said: 'Skateboarders and BMXers get a bad reputation, and this is often because skaters have to skate on the streets, pavements and car parks because they have no other place to go.

'I can assure you these are active and creative sports that give the opportunity for people to express themselves in a unique way.

'Together with the increase in surf/beach culture here in Cromer, skateboarding will add to the appeal of the town, as on a tourism note, skate parks should all be unique which means people will travel to skate different parks.

'There are also possibilities of future competitions and events if we get a permanent skate park as skateboarding is a global industry.'

He said the 'most obvious' site for a permanent skate park would be the children's play area at North Lodge Park, while The Meadow was 'also conveniently placed'.

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