This year, Camelford Town Council has been working with artist Ness Harrison, Endelienta Arts and local young people to give Camelford’s OCM (Old Cattle Market) Skatepark a makeover.

As part of Endelienta Arts’ engagement programme, Take Part, they supported young participants to design and paint a mural on the ramps and parkour blocks, and revamp the shelter at the site. The project aims to mitigate graffiti and vandalism by encouraging local young people to take ownership of the skatepark.

The group have had a couple of trips to Polzeath over the winter to use the indoor ramp at tubestation. It had been a couple of years for some of them since they had been to the beach, so this was an incredibly valuable and enjoyable experience.

As part of the wider CTC led project we will also be celebrating the opening a new onsite cafe - “Danio’s Cafe”. The vision is to create a community space at the OCM to encourage families to enjoy the space, watch people’s skills on the ramps, parkour and pump track, whilst enjoying a cuppa and delicious food. The cafe owner, Danio, is keen to work with Sir James Smith’s school, offering work experience in catering. He is also keen to teach cooking skills alongside community vegetable planters. The project will be ongoing after the mural is finished under the umbrella of ’Skate : Create”, working with the young people of Camelford.

Camelford Town Council has also received funding from the National Lottery Reaching Communities Fund to contract a Community Outreach Worker, a Skate Coach over the summer to teach skills, and Plymouth Parkour to run a street workout programme (again over the Summer).

The aim is to bring inclusion to all and broaden the activities available locally to the community as a whole. Sport, art, music and food will all be elements drawn upon to build a safe and welcoming environment for everyone to enjoy.

The Skate and Create project has been funded by Camelford Town Council and Endelienta Arts, with Youth worker support provided by Action for Children. Sponsored for paint by Westons, in Delabole.

Why not join them to celebrate this Friday, June 2 at 1pm? There will be skate coaching sessions with Angus from 12pm until 3pm (drop-in, no booking required), culminating in an exciting skate competition from 3.30pm.

Food and drink to purchase on site at the café.

For more information, contact Amanda [email protected]