About Bishopston Skatepark Project
We are primarily made up of locals aged 11 - 17, currently in education in Swansea, Armenia and Eswatini! We created BSP because we realised that there aren't any good free facilities for older children & teens to use in Bishopston. Something needed to change.
Since our beginnings in October 2018, we have run surveys throughout the community, held free skating sessions, become award-winning activists and more.
BSP is a made of a growing group of individuals living in the local area. We are aiming to get a skate facility known as a pump track in Bishopston. Scroll down to learn more about pump tracks. We are aiming to work with Bishopston Community Council and Swansea Council, along with local businesses, to execute our vision of a healthier, happier village.
Why a Pump Track?
WHAT IS A PUMP TRACK?
A pump track is designed for all things on wheels. By combining rolling jumps with turns they are accessible for all. Teaching the basic skills of carrying momentum, balance and speed by using your arms and legs to pump your bike/board/scooter around the track. A feature that a 5-year-old can roll through can be used as a gap jump for a professional.
As our world becomes increasingly overwhelmed by television, video games and internet browsing, kids are spending a lot less time outside with friends. How are kids expected to grow and develop the skills they will need in the real world if they spend all day sitting in front of a screen? Engaging outdoor environments such as skateparks and pump tracks are great places for kids to build vital social skills needed in the 21st century.
Pump tracks are super unique in a way that they are accessible for anyone. People who have never done a sport like this before or professionals. Younger kids would be able to safely play, riding slower without the fear of a crash because of someone going at a different pace. There will be enough space for them to pass.
HEALTHY ACTIVE LIFESTYLE
Arguably the most important reason for participating in action sports is the fact that it keeps you healthy and physically fit. Providing a unique and special place for people of all ages is so important in this day and age.
Unfortunately, skate facilities are often perceived as negative environments that attract delinquents and illicit behaviour. Misinformed community members conjure up images of graffiti, smoking, fighting and inappropriate language when they talk about skate hotspots. With nothing to do and nowhere to go, kids will usually find fewer positive ways to occupy their time.