MID and East Antrim Borough Council has said that whilst they currently have no specific budget set aside to build a skate park in Ballymena, they are working with external bodies regarding other possible funding streams.
The Council statement to ‘Ballymena Daily’ follows continuing calls for skate park in the town.
An online petition calling for such a facility has been started and by Sunday over 400 people had signed it.
The proposer of the online petition said: “Having a Skatepark in Ballymena would make more people happy because they could try new things and become better at something that they want to learn on a ramp rather than on the ground.
“Advantages of having a Skatepark in Ballymena would help others to become closer and make new friends and become nicer to each other.
“Also other things could be that other kids could find a new entertainment in the Skatepark and become better at something they like and enjoy.”
In response, others supported the call for a skate park.
One person said: “Having recently delivered an Action sports “taster session” event in Ballymena with over 100 people taking part on the day I believe it would be an absolute asset for Ballymena to have a Skatepark provision in the area for all ages and abilities to enjoy.”
Another person said: “The teenagers in Ballymena need an outlet for their energy and would help to keep them away from unhealthy or anti social pursuits.”
The petition is at: https://www.change.org/p/ballymena-borough-council-ballymena-skatepark/c/760193194
The Council’s Deputy Mayor, Cllr Beth Adger (DUP), recently said she would like to see a skate park being developed at The People’s Park.
A Council spokesperson told ‘Ballymena Daily’: “While there is currently no specific budget assigned for skate park provision, we continue to work with external funders in relation to other possible funding streams.
“Officers are continuing to work on plans for significant investment in the People’s Park ahead of its 150th anniversary in August 2020.”