Plans to educate Newtongrange Satepark users

Newtongrange CC chairman Jason Ferry and Coucnillor Cath Johnstone at the new Newtongrange Skate Park
Newtongrange CC chairman Jason Ferry and Coucnillor Cath Johnstone at the new Newtongrange Skate Park

The group behind the new skatepark in Newtongrange is to look at children’s safety after fears were raised by community councillors.

The £80,000 facility was opened last month by Newtongrange Community First and has been packed with local skaters since. However, concerns were raised at last week’s Newtongrange Community Council meeting about children’s safety there.

Now Newtongrange Community First is planning an open day style event aimed at teaching local users skate park etiquette.

Dot Horne from the group hopes to work with the soon-to-be-opened nearby indoor skatepark Transgression Park, she said: “Councillor Catherine Johnstone got in touch to say it would be useful to do some kind of first aid awareness for the young people and also teach them etiquette for using the skatepark.

“We had the guys from Transgression Park at the opening. The hope is that we can approach them to do something about etiquette in a fun and helpful way.

“It’s really about safety in terms of respecting all kinds of abilities, and staying within your ability.”

Those behind Transgression Park told the Advertiser they would be happy to help out where they can.

Newtongrange Community Council chairman Jason Ferry said: “I hope we can get these issues addressed as the skatepark is a good thing for the community.”

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