Parish Councillor Suresh Gattapur plans to embark on 26.1 mile walk around Swindon on 10th October 2020 in effort to raise awareness and fundraising for local Youth Engagement. My aim is to raise £5,000 out of estimated budget of between £70,000 - £90,000 to build a BMX Track in Westlea, Swindon. Championing youth projects is a transformative approach that can encourage urban youth engagement in local communities.
Parks and public spaces are often built with small children and adults in mind, with an emphasis on playgrounds for the children and benches for the adults watching them. Alternatively, some public spaces are simply devoid of activity or amenities – conducive to picnicking or maybe playing ball but offering little else for young people. They use public spaces just as much as anyone else, if not more. And yet, too often young people, or young adults between the ages of 13 to 21, are not included in the process of Place making so, being actively engaged in youth-friendly spaces, young people can feel like they have investment in their community and they can develop a strong sense of ownership in these places.
I believe identifying the interests of local young people, or issues in the community around young people is a key part of building a relationship with them. I have personally conducted extensive research on youth engagement and their interest and have identified the demand and need for a solid BMX track and how it would be a significant contributing factor to positive youth engagement.
In a world of virtual gaming platforms Bike parks are fun, challenging, and healthy places for young people to get their exercise in. As bike parks are built, and maintained, riders tend to frequent the parks more regularly. Compared to more traditional parks and playgrounds, bike parks offer an incredible value vs the budget spent on them. Well built facilities also have the potential to become tourist draws. Attracting events leads to benefits to the local economy with money being spent locally on amenities, food, repairs and new equipment. It’s one thing to build a bike park but a bike park helps build something larger for a community. It helps build healthy, happy, outdoor lifestyle choices.
With this in mind I would like to invite people with interest in building youth facilities of Swindon , whether you are young or an adult please come together to help create a brighter future.
- Suresha Gattapur
- Nirupama Satish
- Sandra Marshall
- Mahesh Walimbe
- Ray Thomas
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