Shaw Park to get £150k upgrade in bid to make Hull a 'skateboarding capital'

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 20 Mar 2017

A skate park is to receive a £150,000 upgrade, as details emerge of a free programme of events to make Hull a "skateboarding capital".

Councillor Terry Geraghty, chairman of Hull Culture and Leisure Limited, revealed work will begin on the further investment of facilities at Shaw Park in Orchard Park, in April, with completion expected by early summer. Heavily-used Shaw Park opened in 2009.

Along with a series of coaching sessions and competitions, Cllr Geraghty say it should be clear Hull is committed to "the sport of the future".

He said: "Following last year's announcement that Hull's ambition is to be a skateboarding capital, skate jams and competitions are now being organised across the city for beginners and seasoned skateboarders alike."

Cllr Geraghty said coaching sessions, where people can pick up "tips and tricks" from experts and be treated to demonstrations, will take place from 12pm to 5pm at Shaw Park on July 29, Bellfield Park (Ings estate) on August 8, North Bransholme on August 12, and West Park on August 19.

'ART FORM': Cllr Terry Geraghty says skateboarding is a sport of the future.

He said: "In the run up to these events, Active Skateboarding will be delivering workshops, on a rotation basis, every Saturday from April, at West Park, Ings Park and Shaw Park. We'll be publishing further details about these nearer the time."

A so-called 'jam final' will take part at West Park's skate plaza, Hull's newest state-of-the-art skateboarding facility, on a date yet tpo be revealed in August.

Skateboarding officially becomes an Olympic sport in 2020, when the world's greatest sporting event comes to Tokyo.

"I remember saying skateboarding was just a craze 40 years ago," said Cllr Geraghty. "But it's become massive.The skill involved in this sport is something else. It's more than a sport - it's an art. Hull Culture and Leisure Ltd wants to support it, and help Hull become a skateboarding capital."

Last November the city council pledged to make Hull "skateboard-friendly", while investing in new facilities for the sport at parks across the city. Among its aims is to encourage young people to take up the activity in a safe and considerate way.

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