September 21, 2021

Giffnock skaters are demanding the upgrade of facilities at Roken Glenn amid the sport’s growing popularity.

Young people have demanded skate park facilities in a popular park.

In collaboration with East Renfreshire Councilor David McDonald. CouncilSkaters using existing facilities at Rouken Glen Park in Giffnock have launched an appeal calling for an upgrade.

Glasgow Times: East Renfrewshire independent David McDonald poses for a photograph at Roken Glenn Skateboard Park. [Photograph by Colin Mearns]Photo of David McDonald, a freelancer from East Ranfroshire, at Roken Glen Skateboard Park. [Photograph by Colin Mearns]

Councilor McDonald said the recent inclusion of skateboarding in the Olympics has increased interest in the sport. He said: “As we have all seen recently, the rise of skateboarding as one of the first Olympic Games in Tokyo and the success of Team GB’s Olympian Sky Brown, who won a bronze medal. , Now highlights the need. World Class facilities should be provided to those who want to practice their skills and become our next Olympians.

“Although Sky represented Team GB because her father was British, she was born in Japan and raised in the United States where she had access to advanced skating facilities.

“in here Scotland, World Class Skating Bowl facilities are not available here but still there is a growing community of skating among our youth in East Ranfreshire and they only have access to the skate ramp at Roken Glenn Park which is historic and now fit for purpose. Are not.

“I am seeking a firm commitment from the East Ranfreshire Council to seek funding from the National Lottery and Sport Scotland, as well as to raise the necessary funds to build my vision for a world-class skateball facility in East Renfrewshire.”

Glasgow Times: East Renfrewshire freelance David McDonald (fourth from left) with skateboarders at Roken Glenn Skateboard Park.  Pictured on the left are Charlotte Waugh, 16, Anna Johnston, 17, Harris McConnell, 15, and Yousef Asghar, 19. [Photograph by Colin Mearns]East Renfrewshire Independent David McDonald (fourth from left) with skateboarders at Roken Glenn Skateboard Park. Pictured on the left are Charlotte Waugh, 16, Anna Johnston, 17, Harris McConnell, 15, and Yousef Asghar, 19. [Photograph by Colin Mearns]

More than 650 people have signed the petition calling for the expansion of the skate park.
Councilor MacDonald argued that the move would ensure that young people go somewhere and engage in positive activities. He added: “Our young people need to be supported and such facilities should be available while learning physical and sports skills and engaging in positive activities that will allow some of them to compete at a higher level. Coins

“Investment is very important for the physical and mental well-being of our young people and their ability to meet collectively in a positive way and I am happy to promote this need and help the young skaters in my area. Am

“There will be a lot of people who think that money should be spent on roads instead of skaters. I will tell them where they will be young. To be positive. ”

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