Year 9 student Conor Smith has been refurbishing a local skate park, along with a group of other volunteers.
Equipment in the park at Desborough had deteriorated so much that the facility was closed down for health and safety reasons. Since November youth and adult volunteers have been spending Saturdays rebuilding, refurbishing and repainting the wooden ramps.
Conor, who uses the facility with his BMX bike said: ‘I have been there every Saturday from eight in the morning until four in the afternoon for the past five or six weeks. In some cases the ramps have been so rotten that we had to strip them back down to the joists to repair them. So far we have repaired two ramps, including a half pipe, which was a big job. We still need to replace a couple of ramps because they are so damaged through wear and tear and the weather.’
The repairs are being undertaken by Desborough Youth Action Group and the project has been supported by agencies including the Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs and also town traders. When open up to 70 young people from the local area use the skate park daily.
Conor said: ‘Ever since I was small my granddad has been teaching me woodwork and other things and I have always been into making stuff and I also repair bikes as well. When the skate park was first built in 1999 it was one of the best outdoor ones in the East Midlands and I am looking forward to when it reopens as it has such a friendly atmosphere and is really popular.’