Re-Install The Gooden Skate Park-Bring Back The Gooden

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nearly 3 Thousand signatures asking the council to move on with the promise of our Skate Park. We were promised money would be available in April 2017. 3 months on we are still waiting. We see the council splashing out funding on a new children's play park in Seaside road, when we have at least 6 play parks in Eastbourne, we see beach huts pop up for residents to rent at ridiculous prices, we see funding for Extreme weekend and 2 x music stage one of which is placed in the space our park was, we see a new cafe and weird space in princes park, we hear about the new ice rink they plan for the pier and we see them offering to spend thousands on a new swimming pool that quite frankly just needs freshening up !!!! Please don't tell me you have no funding, when you promised us funding would be available in April. We are fully supportive of the council but you really must start giving answers to the people, and stop wasting time and money on stuff that we already have. #extremesports #lettingyoungpeopledown #youngpeople #inspiringyouth #skatepark @visiteastbourne @bringbacklloyd @eastbournebuzz #worldchampion #givinglipservice #keeppromises #supportyoungpeople #youthdevelopment #thefuture

Dear Sir,

We have to travel 3 hours to get to our nearest decent indoor park,  after our only indoor closed,  now you take away the only decent, wooden outdoor we have

We were assured funding would become available in April 2017,  and works would commence,  3 months after that date we  still awaiting to discuss with the council the design plans They seem to have a problem with but not discussed with us yet,  just again made a public news interview to tell us (basically same park)  that we handed in back in January.  Designs and contractors should have bn in place bk before April,  we are Needing his, to get moving now, conversations need to be had and work needs to be, started,  there is nearly 2,000 supporters here,  people offering,  time,  materials even sponsorship.  This needs to get moving now,  with good, communication,  talking and listening.  Please local council please start discussing concerns with the people so we can adapt and move forward. Collaboration is key,  can we please come together and, re-create the beautiful park that was taken away from so many young people who spent their, days in it,  refining their, skills and becoming mentally and physical healthy young people who are a credit to our town

Please RE- Your Closure of our World Famous Park

I write to you on behalf of your local community, as a Teacher within Special Needs Education in Eastbourne, and as a mother to our World Champion and 2 x UK Champion and Professional Scooter Rider Dante Hutchinson, and as a supporter of  making ALL sports accessible to ALL people.

The 2 videos below of our park alone have reached over 500,000 people, this doesn't include the hundreds of other videos that feature our Eastbourne Park , that again have been viewed by thousands across the World. This also doesn't include the thousands of tourists who visit the park over Eastbourne Extreme Weekend (now known as Beach Life Festival) and witness the unbelievable tricks our local lads put on for them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdiEt5wtqZw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94UvUInW7QI

Our park is World Famous, Producing riders like Jamie Addison, Keenan Mehmet, Max Parks, Kai Laughton, All of whom travel the world representing our country in their sport. These are just scooter riders, i am not including the amount of BMX'ers and other Skateboarders,  roller bladers who also use our park and compete Professionally.

It draws tourists, Pro's and Riders from America, Australia and Europe to visit it because of its fantastic Design for ALL wheeled sports, its location and Link to the Professional Eastbourne Riders its produced.

Since your inspection to the park you have made public that the park will now close completely and pending the cost you will implement it in your capital programme next year.

I have communicated with you for some weeks now through Caroline Ansell and asked that you include myself and the community in your findings from the inspection and your plans, this has not been forthcoming and sadly we find out through your Press Release.

Since the closure of Eastbourne's only Indoor skate park Westskates, which closed sadly due to the council rents being increased and no support for the family run business, our young generation of pro's and aspiring young kids now have few places locally to ride safely in well managed, safe and secure facilities.

The only Indoor facility our kids have to train in is in Hastings which are very welcoming of scooters but are as it says on the tin, Source BMX Park, and predominantly focuses on that sport 

There is however an Indoor CIC Skatepark that sells parts and exclusive sessions and lessons for scooters but that is in Bognor Regis ...a good 3 hr train journey OUT the town for our youngsters

Our young People do have the smaller concrete OUTSIDE parks in Gildredge Park and Hampden Park that are in secluded areas, unlit, Concrete, and small.. dont have boxes etc used in scooter competition , they are designed for skateboarders mainly

The Gooden Skatepark (as this park is known) was well lit, designed for ALL Wheeled Sports, Wooden Boxes,  open and on display to the Public, and had the Soverign Centre Close for any inevitable accidents.

I appreciate these things cost, but if you consider the amount of years this fantastic park has withheld the elements, and the constant battering of World Class Tricks being learnt on them, it really has done well!

If it means, like our local gardens and play parks, it needs a little investment then can we please pull together and make that happen and re-store this beautiful park back to its former glory.

I do hope you include in your plans your local community, your younger generation of future stars, your professional riders, who need train in that facility, the kids who want to one day be like Dante or Jamie, and the general public who's walk along the seafront, is always enlightened when they see the things these riders perform.

From my experience of seeing parks all over the World and having huge experience with park owners, it is vital to include your riders/targeted audience in your plans.

I also am very sure that the local community will help raise funding to restore this park, and I think its very concerning that you will now leave it for a whole year during winter months and not have it restored for next years summer season.

Once you have assessed the cost I do hope you will invest and include in your local community and the people it draws to our town.

You might even consider an indoor park, which creates jobs, eliminates anti-social behaviour, takes away the problem of the weather, pumps money and tourism back into the town and sport, tackles and encourages skate park safety and etiquette, to name a few things that in the long run would be far more Cost and Health and Safety effective.

I do hope you also respect and recognise Extreme Sports as a sport, one in which YOU created years ago when your park and Eastbourne Extreme developed some of the World's Greatest Riders. These young men, who could have easily taken different paths in life, are actually idols to kids all around the world, role models, inspiring and encouraging healthy lifestyles, commitment, hard work and dedication, these kids and young adults deserve a facility to train in, just like football, tennis, netball and all the other sports you provide for here in Eastbourne.

I look forward to us all coming together to see what and how we can save our Park



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