The proposal is part of the council’s continued commitment to improving facilities for young people within the borough. Residents have until 16 September to submit their responses, and this feedback will be taken into consideration when drawing up final plans.
Despite the popularity of skateboarding and its recent adoption as an Olympic sport, there are very few dedicated skate parks in the west London area with just one in Ealing. Therefore skaters have to use non-designated public areas or travel to access such facilities.
Under the proposals, the skate park would be carefully designed and landscaped visually, so that it fits into the park.
The council’s approach to designing the skate park is to integrate the facility into the community, to provide a safe environment for users and to encourage spectators to enjoy watching the skills and dedication on display.
The council’s existing skate park facility near Gurnell Leisure Centre in Perivale has proven to be a great place of interaction between people of all ages, older children helping and teaching younger ones and adults skating with their children.
Cllr Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure said: “The current skate park we have is a fantastic facility that's well used and gives young people a safe space to enjoy. We want to hear from local residents about our proposals to build a brand new skate park in Acton and I encourage everyone to have their say.
“We are committed to providing first-class facilities in the borough for young people taking part in sports. These proposals will give skaters a great space to enjoy and practice their sport in a safe environment and provide a real community asset.”
Visit www.ealing.gov.uk/actonskatepark for further information and to take part in the consultation.