Weʼre raising £200,000 to help fund a new skatepark on Hayling Island.
- Hayling Island, UK
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The skatepark on Hayling is falling apart, the ramps are badly corroded and full of holes, the tarmac is pitted and uneven and several of the ramps have been removed after they became unsafe. The council can't afford to repair or rebuild it, so without our help it will soon be closed for good!
We have set ourselves the ambitious goal of raising £200,000 for a fantastic new skatepark and have already managed to raise £145,000 so are 3/4 of the way towards our goal!
We have been given the go-ahead by Havant borough council to rebuild the park as soon as the funds are in place, so please donate today and let's get Hayling a fantastic new skatepark!
For full details of the campaign read on...
The current provision
It's knackered. Here are some photos taken in June 2020 so you can see for yourselves. It's actually much worse than this now, as the main drive through has been completely closed off and three of the four quarter-pipes are being removed as well.
What might a new skatepark look like?
Many other local towns in Hampshire have had nice new concrete parks built in recent years such as Bridgemary in Fareham, Petersfield, Winchester, Totton to name but a few, however Hayling has been left behind.
Concrete parks are better for lots of reasons, such as being more fun to ride, safer, quieter, require less maintenance and even look much nicer compared to the current eyesore on the seafront.
This one at Exmouth almost looks like an architectural sculpture, it's curves and lines would look great in a beachfront setting.
How would a skatepark benefit the community?
Skateboarding, riding a scooter or BMX are all great forms of exercise, but the benefits a skatepark bring to a community run much deeper than that.
At a personal level these sports teach important values like patience, determination, tenacity, respect, discipline and bravery.
Many lifelong friendships are forged at the skatepark where people help and support one another, something which has never been so important as during these difficult times, where many people feel isolated and alone.
Skateparks are for everyone! There is no class divide at the skatepark, because having the most expensive board doesn't help you kickflip any better than someone with a cheap one from Argos. It brings kids from different backgrounds together both to create ambition and to keep us grounded.
Many young people have launched successful careers in photography, film and other creative industries after making skate videos with their friends at the skatepark. Others started clothing companies after screen printing T shirts for their crew. Although you may not think it, they are often the crucible where many business ventures and ideas are born.
The new kids on the block
Now lots of the guys who petitioned for the original skatepark back in 1997 have their own kids and bring them to the park to learn to ride a BMX or scooter and want them to benefit from they same experiences they did.
A call to action
To get the ball rolling we formed a community group bound by a constitution, we have a membership of around 100 local residents, we have a democratically elected board, as well as a fundraising bank account. It's about as legit as you can be without registering as a charity.
To create a focus for our efforts we've met with several skatepark builders and have been given an estimate of £200,000 to build a fantastic new concrete facility, so that's our goal. Havant Borough Council are a key partner and are supporting us from a planning perspective. We have the support of the regeneration team and have been told that if we can raise the money, then we can get a new park. Simple!
What we've achieved so far
We have already raised an astonishing £55,000, which is a fantastic starting point and a testament to the support this project has within the community.
In addition to our public campaign, we are also working hard behind the scenes applying for every grant scheme we can find so we hope to top up our community fundraising.
Let's Make Hayling Skate Again!
If you'll forgive the Trumpism, please help us by donating whatever you can today, no matter how small, so we can build a fantastic new skatepark for generations to come.
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- 3 months ago
The Hayling Skatepark Project3 months ago
Hi everyone, with the generation FATFACE donation of £10,000 our running total is now £69,000! Thank you all for your support - please share this page so we can keep that money coming in and #makehaylingskateagain :)
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Oct 12, 2021
I cant wait to see the new park. Sending big love from Thailand!Chris Martin (Hogan)
Oct 7, 2021
Oct 2, 2021
For my Grandsons
Naomi & Pete
Sep 26, 2021
Studio H barbershop
Sep 20, 2021
Super happy to hear this happening. Will definitely be down to shred the new park. Well overdue and needed. Massive thanks to you and everyone for making this happen! Harry PhelanStudio H
Sep 20, 2021
Sep 17, 2021
So close! Well done to everyone involved for raising the funds needed 👏
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The Hayling Skatepark Project
Hayling Island, UK
Community group dedicated to rebuilding Hayling Skatepark for future generations to come. (Current total £145,000 - including grants and offline doantions)