Be safe, says Lt-Governor as he opens world class facility

THREE decades since it was first envisaged, Guernsey's first and only proper dedicated skate park opened to the public on Saturday.

Lt-Governor Air Marshal Peter Walker cuts the ribbon at the official opening of the skate park. To his right is Culture and Leisure minister Mike O'Hara, who has been championing the cause of a dedicated skate park for nearly 12 years. (1328560)
Lt-Governor Air Marshal Peter Walker cuts the ribbon at the official opening of the skate park. To his right is Culture and Leisure minister Mike O'Hara, who has been championing the cause of a dedicated skate park for nearly 12 years. (1328560)

THREE decades since it was first envisaged, Guernsey's first and only proper dedicated skate park opened to the public on Saturday.

Almost 300 people turned out for the event at the former toddlers' playground at Beau Sejour.

The Jubilee Skate Park was officially opened after a ceremony conducted by Guernsey Xtreme Sports Association chairman, the  Culture and Leisure minister Mike O'Hara - who has been championing the cause for nearly 12 years - and Lt-Governor Air Marshal Peter Walker.

In his speech, Deputy O'Hara said he never doubted that the project would come to fruition. It was something of which the island could be proud, he said.

'This long-awaited facility puts us up there with the best skate parks in Europe.'

Comments for: "Be safe, says Lt-Governor as he opens world class facility"

PLP

Living very close by we popped along Saturday afternoon to meet our new next door neighbours.

The facility looks excellent, the guidelines are spot on (let's hope they are adhered to) and some of the skills demonstrated by the users were fantastic. We didn't hear any bad language at all either.

No doubt there will be a few teething problems and perhaps having some sessions dedicated for different age groups / skill sets might be a good idea given the wide range of ages and abilities on show....but from what we saw it's a good start.

Congratulations to all concerned.

Mike

When I popped by the place was busy and well used. The park was well over due. Congrats to all concerned.

It's a shame that only a handful of the users were wearing helmets, including the kids where the parents where looking on watching.

As this is states land where does the responsibly lay in enforcing the safety guidelines ?

Terry Langlois

the clue is in your own post - "guidelines"

whatever happened to individual choice and personal responsibility?

We never wore helmets when messing about as kids, and most of us came through just fine. Let the parents and kids make their own risk assessment.

PLP

If memory serves Mike, the sign at the park that details the guidelines says in nice bold letters "This is a use at your own risk facility" or something along those lines. Therefore, as Terry says, responsibility for "enforcing" the guidelines lies with the individual users, or in the case of minors, with their parents / carers.

The guidelines are pretty comprehensive too...so the GXSA can't really be blamed for not pointing out the inherent risk associated with "extreme" sports....as if the name wasn't enough!

Personally I prefer things that way, I don't want Guernsey society to become as litigious as the USA.