HOMEFIELD Park is set for a skating event and potential renovation after a Worthing father has voiced his concerns to Worthing Council.
Ross Malyon, 49, of Loxwood Avenue, went to the council after he felt Homefield Park was too anti-social to take his eight-year-old son skateboarding.
Since Ross raised the issue with the council, £550 has now been set aside by the Worthing County Local Committee to fund the “Skate Park Lark”, a “skate-jam” aimed to initiate discussions with local skaters on what they would like to see from Homefield skate park.
During the event, there will be skating and BMX demonstrations, with advice on skating and health on offer.
Bikers will be able to bring along any problems they may have with their bike to a “bike doctor”.
Ross, who is also a keen skateboarder, has been taking son Curtis to skateparks in Shoreham and Crawley because he feels it is unsafe to visit the skate park at Homefield.
“Whenever I take my son there, there are a lot of older kids, sometimes not even there to skate, who are swearing and smoking, and sometimes smoking cannabis,” said Ross. “It feels threatening and I don’t want to take my son there.”
He added: “Other skate parks feel far more welcoming, even in their appearance. I just feel so much could be done with Homefield Park. The fencing around it makes it feel like a prison.”
Meetings are being held to discuss the future of the park.
With the formation of an action group, ideas which have been introduced include replacing the existing fencing, installing lighting and CCTV, remodelling the skatepark and a new children’s play area.
Tom Wye, cabinet member for health, safety and well-being, said: “Park users have indicated that they would like improvements at Homefield Park but we need to be sure that whatever happens is done with the buy-in of the local community.
“This event also has the added benefit of bringing residents together to use the skate park responsibly and in a way that allows everyone – both young and old – to get involved.”