LEE Waters MS is supporting a local campaign to improve skatepark facilities in People’s Park, Llanelli.
With the recent announcement that Ramps will be closing, local skaters and BMX riders are calling on Llanelli Town Council to provide a first class facility for young people.
The skatepark in Llanelli town centre was built just over twenty years ago, but campaigners say it has become increasingly dilapidated in the last ten years.
Mr Waters said:
“The skatepark near the leisure centre is looking dated and run down. The council have taken ramps away and failed to replace them over the years, and the surfaces are full of lose debris and potholes. Ramps leaving Llanelli has left a massive void in the skate, scooter, bmx scene, with no proper place for them to call home. Youngsters in Swansea are looking forward to a brand new facility by Mumbles. I hope the town council can mirror that ambition and give Llanelli a quality skatepark.”
Rael Morris, a local skateboarder who is heading up the campaign, said:
“The skating scene stretches back thirty years in this town and has never been stronger, and there is a massive demand for a park to be built. Being that skateboarding is now an Olympic sport, it is about time that proper facilities are built to encourage people to deliver their skills locally. There is a lot of anti-social behaviour in Llanelli. We genuinely believe a new park will help encourage people to focus this negative energy and turn it into a positive. But we need a quality skatepark, not just one of metal shanty ramps.”