Get your skates on to park!

FLYING HIGH -- skateboarder Craig Smedley, of Basford, wins lots of admirers for his demo run -- DISPIC NHUD11-2561-2
FLYING HIGH -- skateboarder Craig Smedley, of Basford, wins lots of admirers for his demo run -- DISPIC NHUD11-2561-2
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HUNDREDS of skateboard and BMX fans wheeled into Titchfield Park in Hucknall to mark the official opening of the venue’s new skate park.

High-flying stunts and tricks wowed the audience as the £100,000 attraction was put through its paces during a Skate Jam.

NHUD11-2561-3''Ashfield District Council unveiled a new Skate Park at Hucknall's Titchfield Park on Saturday, sateboard, scooter and BMX roders came from as far as Skegness to take part in taster sessions, compeitions and to watch demonstrations. Pictured during his demo run is  Basford skate boarder Craig Smedley.

NHUD11-2561-3''Ashfield District Council unveiled a new Skate Park at Hucknall's Titchfield Park on Saturday, sateboard, scooter and BMX roders came from as far as Skegness to take part in taster sessions, compeitions and to watch demonstrations. Pictured during his demo run is Basford skate boarder Craig Smedley.

Competitions for under-16s and over-16s were held in skateboarding and BMX riding. There was also a chance for young scooter-riders to show off their skills.

Ramps, rails and platforms, which are all part of the concrete skate-park, made for a thrill-a-minute afternoon of action.

Skate Jam was organised by Nise Skateboards in conjunction with the venue’s owner, Ashfield District Council, Hucknall youth services and Freestyle, the company which designed the skate park.

Trevor Watson, of the council, said: “The skate-park project has been made possible by the dedication of the landscape team, designers, local young people and contributions from local housing developers towards the improvement of local open space.

“This involvement has ensured a skate park that local users are very proud of — as demonstrated by the amazing turnout by people from across the county and the resoundingly positive feedback on the day.”

As well as the competitions, there were taster sessions in skateboarding and BMX for beginners.

Visitors also got the chance to try their hand at the extreme sport of slack lining, courtesy of the company Tri-Slacklining. This discipline is the art of balancing on a flat line of webbing, tensioned between two anchor points. The nature of the webbing and its tension means that, unlike a tightrope, the line is bouncy like a trampoline.

Nottingham-based artists Urban Canvas carried out research into ideas for artwork to decorate the skate park. The company will follow this up with a workshop at the Interchange (formerly the youth house) at Hucknall Leisure Centre where young people of the town can get involved.

The fun-filled Skate Jam went some way towards redressing the balance after the new skate park was at the centre of controversy surrounding gangs of youths allegedly intimidating other users.

As reported in the Dispatch two weeks ago, Hucknall’s police chief, Insp Nick Butler, has issued a warning to anyone caught committing anti-social behaviour at the skate park that they face being banned from Titchfield Park.