Teenagers grow up and go off to university but the skate plan they began has happened
PUBLISHED: 12:42 12 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:37 02 June 2010
Archant © 2010
WHEN a group of teenagers set out to build a skate park, they never thought they d be grown-up by the time it was built. Now young people in Emneth are being urged to follow in their footsteps and continue the project. Phase one of the Skate Park, on Hung
WHEN a group of teenagers set out to build a skate park, they never thought they'd be grown-up by the time it was built.
Now young people in Emneth are being urged to follow in their footsteps and continue the project.
Phase one of the Skate Park, on Hungate Road, was opened on Saturday, with a presentation at the football pavilion to some of those who made it happen.
Emneth playing fields trustee Michael Clayton said he answered his doorbell some years ago to be greeted with two teenagers holding a petition.
"They wanted a skate park because there was nothing else to do," he said. "It's been a long funding journey."
That journey eventually saw more than £37,000 raised which was enough to build the first phase.
Sam Adkin, now 21, was one of the original members of the Skateboarding Kids' Action Team for Emneth. He has since moved to study politics at Lincoln University.
"I don't think we thought it was going to take this long when we started," he said.
Liam Means, who co-founded the group with his sister Kimberley, is now a dad and has also moved away from Emneth to Dundee. At the launch his daughter Ava, who is two next month, brought her tiny skateboard to try out the ramp.
Stuart Kierman, chairman of the playing field committee, said he hoped a fresh generation of young people would come forward.