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New Amersham Skatepark

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The current Amersham skatepark is a popular destination for Skaters, BMX'ers, Scooter riders and Rollerbladers in and around the Amersham area. The park is in a very convenient location (near the train station and bus stop) and is a fun place for friends to meet. However, there are several problems with the design and build of the park.
Some ramps and rails are unusable due to strange design flaws. This includes the hip next to the funbox in the centre of the park, which is unusable because of its small size with steep sides, and the gap between the metal sheet and the ground making the ramp dangerous. The rails going down the fun box are also strangely designed and are rarely attempted due to the lack of runup (making them dangerous) and the odd shapes. The quarter pipe near the funbox also has very small coping making tricks difficult especially for skateboarders. The square rail near the half pipe is too high to be useable for skateboards, scooters and inline skates. The half pipe has gaps between the wood and metal sheet on the surface, which can lead to wheels being caught and possible injury. The ramps have also degrade making the wood worn and rivets stick out which could cause injury. Finally the ground is very rough, uneven and bumpy making it difficult to maintain speed required to do any tricks and is also very painful if fallen on. There is a lack of useable and fun obstacles at the park, which leads to users being driven away from using the park and skating on private property illegally. A new skatepark would encourage people to take up positive and creative outdoor activities. Please sign the petition of you agree the with a new skatepark.

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