Helston Skate Park will remain in the town for the foreseeable future after Cornwall Council agreed to allocate “emergency funds” to repair corroded equipment.
Cormac has been contracted to make the park safe for the next two to three years. Work will take approximately two weeks.
A moveable piece of equipment inherited with the skate park, the “grind bar”, will remain in place after skaters were “very vociferous” that it should not be removed as suggested. However, its fixing down is being investigated.
“Dangerous” equipment at Helston Skate Park was at risk of being removed unless action is taken.
Last October town councillor Lloyd Harris said he had personal experience of the problems, telling a council meeting: “I can say some of the equipment is dangerous. I’ve spent two days in Treliske [Royal Cornwall Hospital] with my son as a result of it.”
Ten-year-old son Kieran came off his scooter after hitting a gap that has formed between the bottom of one of the ramps and the tarmac. As a result he had to be taken away in an ambulance with a knee split so deeply you could the bone.
Mr Harris also told the meeting that youngsters came from as far away as Penzance, Hayle and Falmouth to use the skate park, which potentially brought business to the town from their parents.