Skate park offers young people the healthy alternative
Aberbargoed in Mid Glamorgan has seen a 58% reduction in civil disorder since the Sports Council helped the Local Authority channel the energy of younger residents.
2003 saw the opening of Hanger 81, a state of the art indoor skate park. Supported by the Children & Youth Partnership, the centre serves 1600 members across the Caerphilly borough.
It’s an arena filled with ramps, jumps and grind rails, allowing skateboarders, BMX riders and inline skaters to focus their energy on honing their skills and challenging their personal best. As well as reducing crime rates, the centre is helping to develop the user’s confidence levels and social skills.
Police have praised the centre’s achievements, and directly attribute the reduction in anti-social behaviour to the opening of the facility.
With officers making regular visits and stressing the need for security-coding personal equipment, the centre has become a model for sociable and responsible behaviour.
In the words of PC Williams of Bargoed: "This project shows how the multi-agency approach to disorder is having a very positive result in reducing incidents."