Youngsters campaign to have skate park built in Harwood
Such has been the dedication of the youngsters’ campaign that they have won praise from a local councillor and one of their parent’s has joked: “If only he put that much effort into his school work!”
Ten-year-olds Cameron Brennan, Conall Cullen and Kane Entwistle, and Egan Cullen and Kyle Entwistle, both aged 13, have created a petition outlining their ideas.
They want to build the skate park in Longsight Park, but are also looking at other sites around the borough.
The five boys will present their ideas at the Bradshaw Area Forum at the end of January next year.
Cameron, of Reddish Close, Harwood, said: “Me and my friends were just talking about building a skate park and I came up with the idea of a petition.
“On Sunday, we went round our neighbourhood and managed to get 89 signatures.”
Cameron, a pupil at St Brendan’s Primary School in Harwood, and his friends go out on their scooters regularly in skate parks in Bury and Bolton, but now they are looking for somewhere closer to home.
Cameron said: “We want to build a skate park where there’s something for everyone. Hopefully it will have an area for people who’ve just started skating and an area for people who’ve been skating for a long time.
“Bolton needs somewhere that everyone can enjoy.
“Hopefully more people our age will want to go out and get some exercise rather than sit indoors.”
Cameron’s mother, Alison, aged 37, paid tribute to her son’s dedication and enthusiasm.
She said: “He’s so passionate about it, as are his friends. They’re really thinking about it in depth, about how it will benefit the community and other factors.
“If only he put that much effort into his school work.
“I will back them to the end on this. It gives them so much confidence and it’s great that they’ve done it themselves.”
Conall, of Highfield Avenue, Harwood, said: “This is going to keep people active and entertained and it will get them outside. The park we want to build is for whoever wants to get out and have some fun.”
Bradshaw Conservative councillor Mudasir Dean said: “I think it’s a very exciting initiative. I’ll be delighted to meet with these young people to discuss this project.
“There’s definitely a need for provision for young people in Harwood – the nearest facilities are in Bolton and Bury.
“It would be really good for young people in Harwood if there was a new provision for them.”
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