'Cheeky' plaque put up by action group hits out at plans to build on Rhyl skatepark


Suzanne Jordan

A CHEEKY plaque was put up by an action group opposing plans to demolish a skatepark.

The small sign – nailed to railings outside Rhyl’s skatepark and Drift Park on West Parade – was put in place by The Brass Monkey Club, a group which says its aim is to “combat unfair actions with humour.”

The plaque bears a quote by legendary American skateboarder Tony Hawk – “I was invited to go to the skate park with friends when I saw people literally flying in and out of bowls. I wanted to figure out how I could get there, and how I could fly.”

A second quote beneath the first reads: “Go play elsewhere you pesky kids. – Denbighshire County Council”.

The protest relates to a proposal submitted to the authority to demolish the skatepark and Drift Park to make room for the town’s new aquatic centre.

A spokesperson from The Brass Monkey Club said: "We were contacted by supporters for the campaign to save Rhyl Skate Park from demolition. We immediately agreed to produce and install a plaque to help highlight the issue.

"Once again a local council has made a decision which adversely affects the lives of the local people, for what seems to be purely cost saving considerations. Rhyl Skate Park is a much used and popular venue for local and visiting skaters, it is used freely by people regardless of how much disposable income they have.

"The council’s vague and unsubstantial comments about a future skate park on an as yet unidentified site lead the Brass Monkeys to believe that no such park will ever be built." 

A spokesperson from Denbighshire County Council said: "“The sign was removed once it was drawn to the council’s attention.

“The council is disassociating itself with any such comments.”

Campaigners have launched a petition to save the skatepark, which has attracted more than 600 supporters.

Last Thursday, a meeting was hosted by Rhyl South West Central Residents Association at Rhyl Botanical Gardens. Developments planned for Rhyl’s promenade were discussed.

A spokesperson from Save our Skatepark Rhyl said: "A couple of us attended a meeting that Rhyl Botanical Gardens put on with regards to waterfront developments which was attended by the mayor of Rhyl.

"We put our concerns to the Mayor. We explained that we are not against the development on the waterfront but didnt see why it had to be at the expense of one of the few free to use youth facilities in the town. The members of Rhyl Botanical Gardens Association were very supportive and offered to back our campaign.

"We also raised concerns over a lack of consultation and information from both DCC and councillors regarding the future of the skatepark as oppose to 15 years ago, when young people were involved in all aspects of planning and devlopment," the spokesperson added.

"We hope that a suitable way forward can be found. In the meantime we will carry on campaigning for a free to us skate park, developed with the involvement of young people."

To view the petition, click here

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