Leighton’s skatepark, which was ‘designed by and for the youth’ at a cost of £100,000, has been criticised for being “unsafe”.
Skaters at the park just off Church Avenue have launched a petition to get a “better and safer” structure built and say Leighton-Linslade Town Council should listen to pleas.
BMX rider Dan Harding, 25, says there are screws sticking out of the ramps, which he claims are “not structurally solid” and the new grind box they installed is “incredibly poor”.
Dan said: “I think the council should try speaking and working with people who actually use skateparks to get a better result instead of wasting money on things that are going to need to be repaired over and over.
“A lot of young children use the park so it needs to be safe for them before someone is hurt because the council will be the ones that get blamed if this happens.”
But the Town Council say they carry out an annual inspection under the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, a three monthly playground maintenance inspection, as well as a bi-weekly visual check on all play areas - and current work is being done to extend the park’s life by up to five years.
A spokesman for the town council commented: “We were very disappointed to learn that the recent work carried out was met with disdain from the local skating community; it’s a shame indeed that it’s no longer liked in its current format.
“The Town Council does understand the lure of the latest equipment but this comes at a price and funds will need to be accumulated.
“We take playground safety very seriously.
“The Town Council would be very happy to receive comments regarding the park and will also arrange to meet on site to discuss any safety concerns users might still have.
“We have had the inspections back for the skatepark and, as suspected, have come back with some risks outlined. The park has not been signed off yet and a meeting will take place on site this week with the contractors to discuss actions.”