Blackburn skate park will be wheely good!

Ruish Skatepark, Stroud, which will be similar to the Blackburn skatepark as it shares the same designer

Ruish Skatepark, Stroud, which will be similar to the Blackburn skatepark as it shares the same designer

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

A £60,000 indoor BMX and skate park will open in Blackburn later this year, council bosses said.

The first in the borough, it aims to become a regional centre for the sports, attracting up to 50,000 visits a year.

The park will be housed in the former Blackburn Rovers Sports Academy building near Darwen Vale School, built at a cost of £1.4million in 2007 with a grant from the Football Foundation.

The multi-purpose stadium will be used by hundreds of youngsters a week on BMX bikes, skateboards, roller blades and scooters.

The brainchild of borough leader Kate Hollern, it has been welcomed as a major addition to activities for local youngsters meaning they no longer have to travel to Manchester or Preston’s older indoor skateparks.

Coun Hollern said: ”I have met hundreds of young people as part of the Your Agenda meetings and this has clearly been one of their priorities. It came up time and time again and we pledged to look into it. I am delighted to announce one will be opening this summer and it will be a brand new, modern facility which young people will be involved in designing.”

The building, no longer used for football by Rovers’ community trust, has seen its customers move to the nearby Darwen Leisure Centre and Darwen Vale School community sports halls.

Paul Bury, boss of The Cellblock BMX shop in Blackburn, said: “This is fantastic news for the town and for the local young riders – a facility needed for a long time.

“We have hundreds of riders in the borough, including internationally renowned professionals and they have had to travel out of town to ride.

“This will encourage new riders to participate in the sports and give the existing locals a place to call their own.

“We are looking at 50,000 visits a year.”

Anthony Ramsey, owner of designers Art Ramp Parks from Blackburn, said: “We are working closely with the local young skaters and riders to produce something different from all other ramp parks in the UK which will attract riders from all over the world.

“It will be of a standard to hold international competitions and put Blackburn firmly on the map.”

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11:15am Fri 10 Jan 14

shirtbox2003 says...

who pays for it and most important who runs it from day today.if its the clown hall it will sure fail.
who pays for it and most important who runs it from day today.if its the clown hall it will sure fail. shirtbox2003
  • Score: 4

11:56am Fri 10 Jan 14

woolywords says...

“It will be of a standard to hold international competitions and put Blackburn firmly on the map.” , says Anthony Ramsey, owner of designers, Art Ramp Parks from Blackburn.
Oh well said but there just one teeny weeny problem here, it's in Darwen!!!
“It will be of a standard to hold international competitions and put Blackburn firmly on the map.” , says Anthony Ramsey, owner of designers, Art Ramp Parks from Blackburn. Oh well said but there just one teeny weeny problem here, it's in Darwen!!! woolywords
  • Score: 17

12:16pm Fri 10 Jan 14

juanbbien says...

The headline and story says a skate park will be opening in Blackburn next year no its not in Blackburn it's in Darwen very misleading
The headline and story says a skate park will be opening in Blackburn next year no its not in Blackburn it's in Darwen very misleading juanbbien
  • Score: 12

12:29pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Benjamin James says...

This is something that shouldn't be run by council bosses or schools.

This is the kind of environment that needs to be run by the people that use it, the skaters and the bikers. If successful it can become great like any other skateparks across the North West, where there is a bit of pride in that culture as well as a family feeling. Its a place for people to go and waste time, meet friends but most importantly practice a new, and ridiculously cool, skill.


All the best for this, I truly hope that it succeeds.
This is something that shouldn't be run by council bosses or schools. This is the kind of environment that needs to be run by the people that use it, the skaters and the bikers. If successful it can become great like any other skateparks across the North West, where there is a bit of pride in that culture as well as a family feeling. Its a place for people to go and waste time, meet friends but most importantly practice a new, and ridiculously cool, skill. All the best for this, I truly hope that it succeeds. Benjamin James
  • Score: 21

12:36pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Benjamin James says...

juanbbien wrote:
The headline and story says a skate park will be opening in Blackburn next year no its not in Blackburn it's in Darwen very misleading
Darwen Vale is technically classed as Darwen, regardless of what boundary you use: Oakdale, The Bus Stop, The actual milestone that says Darwen or the Motorway Bridge. Either way this doesn't mean that it has to state that it is Darwen, because from what I've read it's stating that it's using Blackburn Rovers facilities. Now that being said if anything the location would be best referred to as Ewood. but as far as things go do you really think that all the Skaters from Leeds, York, Liverpool, Manchester and the surrounding areas are going to say "Do you wanna go Darwen skatepark?" or do you think they're going to know of Blackburn, the town and say wanna go Blackburn skate park?

The whole point of putting "Blackburn on the map" is the fact that regardless of what you may think, what I may think and what anyone else in this town may think, Blackburn is always going to come first before Darwen, that's just how it is for now. Until Darwen becomes a booming town and doesn't need a joint council, something like this on the outskirts is probably going to be classed as Blackburn. Not much of an issue, but from an outsider looking ins point of view, they're going to see the skate park as Blackburn 8 days a week.
[quote][p][bold]juanbbien[/bold] wrote: The headline and story says a skate park will be opening in Blackburn next year no its not in Blackburn it's in Darwen very misleading[/p][/quote]Darwen Vale is technically classed as Darwen, regardless of what boundary you use: Oakdale, The Bus Stop, The actual milestone that says Darwen or the Motorway Bridge. Either way this doesn't mean that it has to state that it is Darwen, because from what I've read it's stating that it's using Blackburn Rovers facilities. Now that being said if anything the location would be best referred to as Ewood. but as far as things go do you really think that all the Skaters from Leeds, York, Liverpool, Manchester and the surrounding areas are going to say "Do you wanna go Darwen skatepark?" or do you think they're going to know of Blackburn, the town and say wanna go Blackburn skate park? The whole point of putting "Blackburn on the map" is the fact that regardless of what you may think, what I may think and what anyone else in this town may think, Blackburn is always going to come first before Darwen, that's just how it is for now. Until Darwen becomes a booming town and doesn't need a joint council, something like this on the outskirts is probably going to be classed as Blackburn. Not much of an issue, but from an outsider looking ins point of view, they're going to see the skate park as Blackburn 8 days a week. Benjamin James
  • Score: -6

2:13pm Fri 10 Jan 14

bernss says...

and jack straw will turn up from nowhere to open it.
and jack straw will turn up from nowhere to open it. bernss
  • Score: 6

2:27pm Fri 10 Jan 14

john bond 2 says...

Excellent news, at last something different in the town than the wasted basketball and football pitches.
Funny though how the council leader wants to take all the recognition as the brainchild for this coming to fruition. Liz Riding, a mother of a young rider who was travelling throughout the North West to skate parks with friends and in constant conflict with gestapo type rail guards throwing children off empty trains with petty bike rules. She was the person who has for three years been petitioning the council and forcing meetings to persuade them it will be a great addition to the town for the youngsters. She has done lots of reseach into the viability and contacted people who build these these parks along with many other skate park professionals. Well done Liz you have been a star and I hope your son and his friends enjoy the park.
Excellent news, at last something different in the town than the wasted basketball and football pitches. Funny though how the council leader wants to take all the recognition as the brainchild for this coming to fruition. Liz Riding, a mother of a young rider who was travelling throughout the North West to skate parks with friends and in constant conflict with gestapo type rail guards throwing children off empty trains with petty bike rules. She was the person who has for three years been petitioning the council and forcing meetings to persuade them it will be a great addition to the town for the youngsters. She has done lots of reseach into the viability and contacted people who build these these parks along with many other skate park professionals. Well done Liz you have been a star and I hope your son and his friends enjoy the park. john bond 2
  • Score: 15

2:34pm Fri 10 Jan 14

keithgas says...

I have just come from the gym at Darwen Vale (not the school) which I have used for over three years as not everybody going to Darwen Leisure Centre.The staff did not know anything about this announcement so could not tell us when this Gym was closing.So which Gym are we to use during the day timenow as I am not into BMX etc. using the Beez card.
I have just come from the gym at Darwen Vale (not the school) which I have used for over three years as not everybody going to Darwen Leisure Centre.The staff did not know anything about this announcement so could not tell us when this Gym was closing.So which Gym are we to use during the day timenow as I am not into BMX etc. using the Beez card. keithgas
  • Score: 0

4:07pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Abusyman says...

Please don't everyone get too upset on the geographical location of the park, as a true darwener myself, I know how we get upset playing second fiddle to Blackburn. But the person who commented earlier is correct, it will always be classed as Blackburn. However, the article is a little misleading, wether deliberate or not, Liz Riding has been battling for three years for this park and really does solely deserve the credit. The idea was always to include the local kids in every aspect of the parks development and running and I hope the council still have this important element in their plans.
I've owned The Cellblock BMX shop in Blackburn for seven years and know all the kids who ride. Providing it is run correctly, this facility will be a great asset to the area and a real boost for the local kids.
Please don't everyone get too upset on the geographical location of the park, as a true darwener myself, I know how we get upset playing second fiddle to Blackburn. But the person who commented earlier is correct, it will always be classed as Blackburn. However, the article is a little misleading, wether deliberate or not, Liz Riding has been battling for three years for this park and really does solely deserve the credit. The idea was always to include the local kids in every aspect of the parks development and running and I hope the council still have this important element in their plans. I've owned The Cellblock BMX shop in Blackburn for seven years and know all the kids who ride. Providing it is run correctly, this facility will be a great asset to the area and a real boost for the local kids. Abusyman
  • Score: 9

4:12pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Jo Duxbury says...

I totally agree with John Bond. Liz has worked really hard on this for at least three of years now. I remember her starting the petition for it. Its quite disheartening but very telling that there is no mention of hernow its got the go ahead. tut tut. All hail Liz Winkly'Riding. Well done to you woman!!
I totally agree with John Bond. Liz has worked really hard on this for at least three of years now. I remember her starting the petition for it. Its quite disheartening but very telling that there is no mention of hernow its got the go ahead. tut tut. All hail Liz Winkly'Riding. Well done to you woman!! Jo Duxbury
  • Score: 8

4:28pm Fri 10 Jan 14

john bond 2 says...

Ben you are spot on about who should run this park if the council want it to be a success.
Ben you are spot on about who should run this park if the council want it to be a success. john bond 2
  • Score: 6

5:15pm Fri 10 Jan 14

reddels says...

The first in the Borough!!! I think everybody is forgetting Rhythm Skatepark in Darwen which sadly had close some years back due to the slump in interests in the sports at that time.

Rhythm was one of the top 10 skateparks in the UK at in its day and had already held international competitions. This was rider built and owned!

If I remember correctly this is were Anthony Ramsey, first got into building ramps helping out occasionally on the weekends.

A new skatepark in the Borough is definitely a great thing and is what the sport needs. I only hope the council does not run it into the ground and the the scene remains healthy!

Good luck :)

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/lancashire/360/rhyt
hm_skatepark_darwen1
.shtml
The first in the Borough!!! I think everybody is forgetting Rhythm Skatepark in Darwen which sadly had close some years back due to the slump in interests in the sports at that time. Rhythm was one of the top 10 skateparks in the UK at in its day and had already held international competitions. This was rider built and owned! If I remember correctly this is were Anthony Ramsey, first got into building ramps helping out occasionally on the weekends. A new skatepark in the Borough is definitely a great thing and is what the sport needs. I only hope the council does not run it into the ground and the the scene remains healthy! Good luck :) http://www.bbc.co.uk /lancashire/360/rhyt hm_skatepark_darwen1 .shtml reddels
  • Score: 6

5:22pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Mr Banford says...

Excellent news!
I hope adults and families will also have access. The best alternative is blackburn ice arena but after travel costs and entry fee its a fairly expensive afternoon.
Excellent news! I hope adults and families will also have access. The best alternative is blackburn ice arena but after travel costs and entry fee its a fairly expensive afternoon. Mr Banford
  • Score: 2

5:23pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Ant Rams says...

reddels wrote:
The first in the Borough!!! I think everybody is forgetting Rhythm Skatepark in Darwen which sadly had close some years back due to the slump in interests in the sports at that time.

Rhythm was one of the top 10 skateparks in the UK at in its day and had already held international competitions. This was rider built and owned!

If I remember correctly this is were Anthony Ramsey, first got into building ramps helping out occasionally on the weekends.

A new skatepark in the Borough is definitely a great thing and is what the sport needs. I only hope the council does not run it into the ground and the the scene remains healthy!

Good luck :)

http://www.bbc.co.uk

/lancashire/360/rhyt

hm_skatepark_darwen1

.shtml
I helped during the week too.

we are working with the council to try and guide the whole process forward including the running and image of the park. I think they understand that a place like this cannont be run by Ken in his tight shorts like other sports centres.
[quote][p][bold]reddels[/bold] wrote: The first in the Borough!!! I think everybody is forgetting Rhythm Skatepark in Darwen which sadly had close some years back due to the slump in interests in the sports at that time. Rhythm was one of the top 10 skateparks in the UK at in its day and had already held international competitions. This was rider built and owned! If I remember correctly this is were Anthony Ramsey, first got into building ramps helping out occasionally on the weekends. A new skatepark in the Borough is definitely a great thing and is what the sport needs. I only hope the council does not run it into the ground and the the scene remains healthy! Good luck :) http://www.bbc.co.uk /lancashire/360/rhyt hm_skatepark_darwen1 .shtml[/p][/quote]I helped during the week too. we are working with the council to try and guide the whole process forward including the running and image of the park. I think they understand that a place like this cannont be run by Ken in his tight shorts like other sports centres. Ant Rams
  • Score: 1

5:25pm Fri 10 Jan 14

twenyfirst century says...

Thankyou for the supportive comments
I have worked really closely with a council member of staff who has been interested and seen the potential of the park and the benefits that are there for us as a community and as a Borough
Blackburn with Darwen
She has done the "legwork" on her side and really listens and genuinely wants the best for the kids in the area and the Community as a whole, and to promote us as a Borough...Put us on the map...Showcase local talent

It should put us on the map !!!
It will be fab for the kids and for the parents of the kids in the local area as they will not need to travel as far as often.
I am hoping the park will be built by a reputable respected skatepark builder with links to the local area and that there will be a chill out space and a shop run by local specialist CELL BLOCK as every park needs an accessory/ spare inner tube venue / provider !
I hope it will create opportunities to develop this field in our area and eventually several years down the line perhaps a bigger venue with a Media factory for filming and editing BMX/skate/scooter films
Training opportunities
etc etc etc
The possibilities are endless.............
.........
Lets do it
Thankyou for the supportive comments I have worked really closely with a council member of staff who has been interested and seen the potential of the park and the benefits that are there for us as a community and as a Borough Blackburn with Darwen She has done the "legwork" on her side and really listens and genuinely wants the best for the kids in the area and the Community as a whole, and to promote us as a Borough...Put us on the map...Showcase local talent It should put us on the map !!! It will be fab for the kids and for the parents of the kids in the local area as they will not need to travel as far as often. I am hoping the park will be built by a reputable respected skatepark builder with links to the local area and that there will be a chill out space and a shop run by local specialist CELL BLOCK as every park needs an accessory/ spare inner tube venue / provider ! I hope it will create opportunities to develop this field in our area and eventually several years down the line perhaps a bigger venue with a Media factory for filming and editing BMX/skate/scooter films Training opportunities etc etc etc The possibilities are endless............. ......... Lets do it twenyfirst century
  • Score: 2

5:31pm Fri 10 Jan 14

reddels says...

Ant Rams wrote:
reddels wrote:
The first in the Borough!!! I think everybody is forgetting Rhythm Skatepark in Darwen which sadly had close some years back due to the slump in interests in the sports at that time.

Rhythm was one of the top 10 skateparks in the UK at in its day and had already held international competitions. This was rider built and owned!

If I remember correctly this is were Anthony Ramsey, first got into building ramps helping out occasionally on the weekends.

A new skatepark in the Borough is definitely a great thing and is what the sport needs. I only hope the council does not run it into the ground and the the scene remains healthy!

Good luck :)

http://www.bbc.co.uk


/lancashire/360/rhyt


hm_skatepark_darwen1


.shtml
I helped during the week too.

we are working with the council to try and guide the whole process forward including the running and image of the park. I think they understand that a place like this cannont be run by Ken in his tight shorts like other sports centres.
Ha ha ha, I believe you are right! During the week too.

Well thats something, it needs to have rider input.

Good luck with the whole project, If its anything like Stroud that place will be immense.
[quote][p][bold]Ant Rams[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]reddels[/bold] wrote: The first in the Borough!!! I think everybody is forgetting Rhythm Skatepark in Darwen which sadly had close some years back due to the slump in interests in the sports at that time. Rhythm was one of the top 10 skateparks in the UK at in its day and had already held international competitions. This was rider built and owned! If I remember correctly this is were Anthony Ramsey, first got into building ramps helping out occasionally on the weekends. A new skatepark in the Borough is definitely a great thing and is what the sport needs. I only hope the council does not run it into the ground and the the scene remains healthy! Good luck :) http://www.bbc.co.uk /lancashire/360/rhyt hm_skatepark_darwen1 .shtml[/p][/quote]I helped during the week too. we are working with the council to try and guide the whole process forward including the running and image of the park. I think they understand that a place like this cannont be run by Ken in his tight shorts like other sports centres.[/p][/quote]Ha ha ha, I believe you are right! During the week too. Well thats something, it needs to have rider input. Good luck with the whole project, If its anything like Stroud that place will be immense. reddels
  • Score: 1

7:07pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Willybobs says...

Benjamin James wrote:
juanbbien wrote:
The headline and story says a skate park will be opening in Blackburn next year no its not in Blackburn it's in Darwen very misleading
Darwen Vale is technically classed as Darwen, regardless of what boundary you use: Oakdale, The Bus Stop, The actual milestone that says Darwen or the Motorway Bridge. Either way this doesn't mean that it has to state that it is Darwen, because from what I've read it's stating that it's using Blackburn Rovers facilities. Now that being said if anything the location would be best referred to as Ewood. but as far as things go do you really think that all the Skaters from Leeds, York, Liverpool, Manchester and the surrounding areas are going to say "Do you wanna go Darwen skatepark?" or do you think they're going to know of Blackburn, the town and say wanna go Blackburn skate park?

The whole point of putting "Blackburn on the map" is the fact that regardless of what you may think, what I may think and what anyone else in this town may think, Blackburn is always going to come first before Darwen, that's just how it is for now. Until Darwen becomes a booming town and doesn't need a joint council, something like this on the outskirts is probably going to be classed as Blackburn. Not much of an issue, but from an outsider looking ins point of view, they're going to see the skate park as Blackburn 8 days a week.
Are you really suggesting the skaters from Leeds, York, Liverpool and Manchester would visit a skate park in Darwen? I'm going to presume you were joking with that statement.

There's a skate park in Liverpool called Rampworx, which, at 70000 square feet is one of the largest in Europe. Its laughable to suggest Blackburn with Darwen councils no doubt crappy attempt at a skatepark would even be an option for people who live outside the borough!

Almost as laughable as you saying DARWEN Vale school is in Ewood!
[quote][p][bold]Benjamin James[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]juanbbien[/bold] wrote: The headline and story says a skate park will be opening in Blackburn next year no its not in Blackburn it's in Darwen very misleading[/p][/quote]Darwen Vale is technically classed as Darwen, regardless of what boundary you use: Oakdale, The Bus Stop, The actual milestone that says Darwen or the Motorway Bridge. Either way this doesn't mean that it has to state that it is Darwen, because from what I've read it's stating that it's using Blackburn Rovers facilities. Now that being said if anything the location would be best referred to as Ewood. but as far as things go do you really think that all the Skaters from Leeds, York, Liverpool, Manchester and the surrounding areas are going to say "Do you wanna go Darwen skatepark?" or do you think they're going to know of Blackburn, the town and say wanna go Blackburn skate park? The whole point of putting "Blackburn on the map" is the fact that regardless of what you may think, what I may think and what anyone else in this town may think, Blackburn is always going to come first before Darwen, that's just how it is for now. Until Darwen becomes a booming town and doesn't need a joint council, something like this on the outskirts is probably going to be classed as Blackburn. Not much of an issue, but from an outsider looking ins point of view, they're going to see the skate park as Blackburn 8 days a week.[/p][/quote]Are you really suggesting the skaters from Leeds, York, Liverpool and Manchester would visit a skate park in Darwen? I'm going to presume you were joking with that statement. There's a skate park in Liverpool called Rampworx, which, at 70000 square feet is one of the largest in Europe. Its laughable to suggest Blackburn with Darwen councils no doubt crappy attempt at a skatepark would even be an option for people who live outside the borough! Almost as laughable as you saying DARWEN Vale school is in Ewood! Willybobs
  • Score: 5

7:59pm Fri 10 Jan 14

M.DANNY says...

I thought Darwen was part of Blackburn since 1974.Blackburn with Darwen Council and all the Councillors of Blackburn and Darwen sit in Town Hall Blackburn not Darwen.
Darweners pays Council taxes in Blackburn Town Hall and vast majority of Darweners trek down Bolton Road wearing Blue and White on a Saturday afternoon supporting their beloved Blackburn Rovers.
I thought Darwen was part of Blackburn since 1974.Blackburn with Darwen Council and all the Councillors of Blackburn and Darwen sit in Town Hall Blackburn not Darwen. Darweners pays Council taxes in Blackburn Town Hall and vast majority of Darweners trek down Bolton Road wearing Blue and White on a Saturday afternoon supporting their beloved Blackburn Rovers. M.DANNY
  • Score: -2

8:32pm Fri 10 Jan 14

woolywords says...

I can't help but think that this place is going to need a really distinctive and eye-catching logo, that can be placed on it's advertising literature, website and motorway or street signs, on Earcroft Way especially.
You really don't want to be coming off that roundabout, listening to the kids arguing, as to whether it's in Darwen or Blackburn, as you contend with rush hour traffic, as well.
Anybody want to steal my idea and make a competition of designing a logo?
I can't help but think that this place is going to need a really distinctive and eye-catching logo, that can be placed on it's advertising literature, website and motorway or street signs, on Earcroft Way especially. You really don't want to be coming off that roundabout, listening to the kids arguing, as to whether it's in Darwen or Blackburn, as you contend with rush hour traffic, as well. Anybody want to steal my idea and make a competition of designing a logo? woolywords
  • Score: 1

9:43pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Abusyman says...

Willybobs wrote:
Benjamin James wrote:
juanbbien wrote:
The headline and story says a skate park will be opening in Blackburn next year no its not in Blackburn it's in Darwen very misleading
Darwen Vale is technically classed as Darwen, regardless of what boundary you use: Oakdale, The Bus Stop, The actual milestone that says Darwen or the Motorway Bridge. Either way this doesn't mean that it has to state that it is Darwen, because from what I've read it's stating that it's using Blackburn Rovers facilities. Now that being said if anything the location would be best referred to as Ewood. but as far as things go do you really think that all the Skaters from Leeds, York, Liverpool, Manchester and the surrounding areas are going to say "Do you wanna go Darwen skatepark?" or do you think they're going to know of Blackburn, the town and say wanna go Blackburn skate park?

The whole point of putting "Blackburn on the map" is the fact that regardless of what you may think, what I may think and what anyone else in this town may think, Blackburn is always going to come first before Darwen, that's just how it is for now. Until Darwen becomes a booming town and doesn't need a joint council, something like this on the outskirts is probably going to be classed as Blackburn. Not much of an issue, but from an outsider looking ins point of view, they're going to see the skate park as Blackburn 8 days a week.
Are you really suggesting the skaters from Leeds, York, Liverpool and Manchester would visit a skate park in Darwen? I'm going to presume you were joking with that statement.

There's a skate park in Liverpool called Rampworx, which, at 70000 square feet is one of the largest in Europe. Its laughable to suggest Blackburn with Darwen councils no doubt crappy attempt at a skatepark would even be an option for people who live outside the borough!

Almost as laughable as you saying DARWEN Vale school is in Ewood!
Actually, riders travel all over for the challenge of riding something different. Currently local riders are travelling to manchesters projects a small outdoor park just as much as they go to the larger parks. The layout is currently being designed by one of the countries best ramp builders so no doubt he will do the best he can with the space. Blackburn already has some world class bmxers and accomplished privateers. They support their local scene and will support their local park. I saw the draft plan today and the layout has a few surprises that no other park has which will bring people from miles around.
[quote][p][bold]Willybobs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Benjamin James[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]juanbbien[/bold] wrote: The headline and story says a skate park will be opening in Blackburn next year no its not in Blackburn it's in Darwen very misleading[/p][/quote]Darwen Vale is technically classed as Darwen, regardless of what boundary you use: Oakdale, The Bus Stop, The actual milestone that says Darwen or the Motorway Bridge. Either way this doesn't mean that it has to state that it is Darwen, because from what I've read it's stating that it's using Blackburn Rovers facilities. Now that being said if anything the location would be best referred to as Ewood. but as far as things go do you really think that all the Skaters from Leeds, York, Liverpool, Manchester and the surrounding areas are going to say "Do you wanna go Darwen skatepark?" or do you think they're going to know of Blackburn, the town and say wanna go Blackburn skate park? The whole point of putting "Blackburn on the map" is the fact that regardless of what you may think, what I may think and what anyone else in this town may think, Blackburn is always going to come first before Darwen, that's just how it is for now. Until Darwen becomes a booming town and doesn't need a joint council, something like this on the outskirts is probably going to be classed as Blackburn. Not much of an issue, but from an outsider looking ins point of view, they're going to see the skate park as Blackburn 8 days a week.[/p][/quote]Are you really suggesting the skaters from Leeds, York, Liverpool and Manchester would visit a skate park in Darwen? I'm going to presume you were joking with that statement. There's a skate park in Liverpool called Rampworx, which, at 70000 square feet is one of the largest in Europe. Its laughable to suggest Blackburn with Darwen councils no doubt crappy attempt at a skatepark would even be an option for people who live outside the borough! Almost as laughable as you saying DARWEN Vale school is in Ewood![/p][/quote]Actually, riders travel all over for the challenge of riding something different. Currently local riders are travelling to manchesters projects a small outdoor park just as much as they go to the larger parks. The layout is currently being designed by one of the countries best ramp builders so no doubt he will do the best he can with the space. Blackburn already has some world class bmxers and accomplished privateers. They support their local scene and will support their local park. I saw the draft plan today and the layout has a few surprises that no other park has which will bring people from miles around. Abusyman
  • Score: 1

1:02am Sat 11 Jan 14

sean_brfc says...

M.DANNY wrote:
I thought Darwen was part of Blackburn since 1974.Blackburn with Darwen Council and all the Councillors of Blackburn and Darwen sit in Town Hall Blackburn not Darwen.
Darweners pays Council taxes in Blackburn Town Hall and vast majority of Darweners trek down Bolton Road wearing Blue and White on a Saturday afternoon supporting their beloved Blackburn Rovers.
You know what thought did then, don't you?BwD is two separate towns, as it should be. Some of my taxes go to Brussels; it doesn't make me Belgian!
[quote][p][bold]M.DANNY[/bold] wrote: I thought Darwen was part of Blackburn since 1974.Blackburn with Darwen Council and all the Councillors of Blackburn and Darwen sit in Town Hall Blackburn not Darwen. Darweners pays Council taxes in Blackburn Town Hall and vast majority of Darweners trek down Bolton Road wearing Blue and White on a Saturday afternoon supporting their beloved Blackburn Rovers.[/p][/quote]You know what thought did then, don't you?BwD is two separate towns, as it should be. Some of my taxes go to Brussels; it doesn't make me Belgian! sean_brfc
  • Score: 1

11:10am Sat 11 Jan 14

Ant Rams says...

woolywords wrote:
I can't help but think that this place is going to need a really distinctive and eye-catching logo, that can be placed on it's advertising literature, website and motorway or street signs, on Earcroft Way especially.
You really don't want to be coming off that roundabout, listening to the kids arguing, as to whether it's in Darwen or Blackburn, as you contend with rush hour traffic, as well.
Anybody want to steal my idea and make a competition of designing a logo?
Yes

the name needs to be Catchy and the logo distinctive and not a council Style logo or name.

we have a facebook page to start these discussions

https://www.facebook
.com/IndoorRampparkI
nBlackburn
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: I can't help but think that this place is going to need a really distinctive and eye-catching logo, that can be placed on it's advertising literature, website and motorway or street signs, on Earcroft Way especially. You really don't want to be coming off that roundabout, listening to the kids arguing, as to whether it's in Darwen or Blackburn, as you contend with rush hour traffic, as well. Anybody want to steal my idea and make a competition of designing a logo?[/p][/quote]Yes the name needs to be Catchy and the logo distinctive and not a council Style logo or name. we have a facebook page to start these discussions https://www.facebook .com/IndoorRampparkI nBlackburn Ant Rams
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4:28pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Darreners make sense says...

I see he council is still trying to steal Darwen's identity again. IT'S IN DARWEN. PUT US ON THE MAP FOR A CHANGE. Everyone knows Blackburn from the football.
I see he council is still trying to steal Darwen's identity again. IT'S IN DARWEN. PUT US ON THE MAP FOR A CHANGE. Everyone knows Blackburn from the football. Darreners make sense
  • Score: 1

4:30pm Sat 11 Jan 14

KeeGTI says...

Excellent news, I just hope the designers consult users who have been in the scene for many years and especially include us rollerbladers.
I will be using it as a darwener and I know a lot of local lads/blokes who will too. (yes, it's not just kids using this).

Also a note to all parents of young children on scooters, don't let your children run riot throughout the park or they are likely to get injured. Skatepark etiquette is important to learn so as to not get in the way, get hurt and get shouted at. Don't blame us experienced users who have been using parks for over a decade, if your kid gets hurt.

I would love to know how i can get in touch with the designers and give a rollerbladers perspective on things please.
Excellent news, I just hope the designers consult users who have been in the scene for many years and especially include us rollerbladers. I will be using it as a darwener and I know a lot of local lads/blokes who will too. (yes, it's not just kids using this). Also a note to all parents of young children on scooters, don't let your children run riot throughout the park or they are likely to get injured. Skatepark etiquette is important to learn so as to not get in the way, get hurt and get shouted at. Don't blame us experienced users who have been using parks for over a decade, if your kid gets hurt. I would love to know how i can get in touch with the designers and give a rollerbladers perspective on things please. KeeGTI
  • Score: 2

6:29pm Sat 11 Jan 14

M.DANNY says...

sean_brfc wrote:
M.DANNY wrote:
I thought Darwen was part of Blackburn since 1974.Blackburn with Darwen Council and all the Councillors of Blackburn and Darwen sit in Town Hall Blackburn not Darwen.
Darweners pays Council taxes in Blackburn Town Hall and vast majority of Darweners trek down Bolton Road wearing Blue and White on a Saturday afternoon supporting their beloved Blackburn Rovers.
You know what thought did then, don't you?BwD is two separate towns, as it should be. Some of my taxes go to Brussels; it doesn't make me Belgian!
Lower Darwen is part of Blackburn and Darwen is part of Blackburn since 1974 like Salmesbury ,Leyland is part of Preston and Pendle part of Burnley.
All the 100% taxes from Darweners goes to Blackburn Town Hall, unlike every citizen of Britain pays less than 1 per cent taxes to Brussels as part of being member of EU.
Small towns like Darwen and villages had to be part of larger towns and cities in UK .
Blackburn is largest town East Lancashire population over 100,000 and Blackburn with Darwen is the largest Local Authority in Lancashire with a population of 147,500.
Greater Manchester and Salford Trafford etc part of Manchester and the list goes on.
[quote][p][bold]sean_brfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]M.DANNY[/bold] wrote: I thought Darwen was part of Blackburn since 1974.Blackburn with Darwen Council and all the Councillors of Blackburn and Darwen sit in Town Hall Blackburn not Darwen. Darweners pays Council taxes in Blackburn Town Hall and vast majority of Darweners trek down Bolton Road wearing Blue and White on a Saturday afternoon supporting their beloved Blackburn Rovers.[/p][/quote]You know what thought did then, don't you?BwD is two separate towns, as it should be. Some of my taxes go to Brussels; it doesn't make me Belgian![/p][/quote]Lower Darwen is part of Blackburn and Darwen is part of Blackburn since 1974 like Salmesbury ,Leyland is part of Preston and Pendle part of Burnley. All the 100% taxes from Darweners goes to Blackburn Town Hall, unlike every citizen of Britain pays less than 1 per cent taxes to Brussels as part of being member of EU. Small towns like Darwen and villages had to be part of larger towns and cities in UK . Blackburn is largest town East Lancashire population over 100,000 and Blackburn with Darwen is the largest Local Authority in Lancashire with a population of 147,500. Greater Manchester and Salford Trafford etc part of Manchester and the list goes on. M.DANNY
  • Score: 1

6:38pm Sat 11 Jan 14

M.DANNY says...

Darreners make sense wrote:
I see he council is still trying to steal Darwen's identity again. IT'S IN DARWEN. PUT US ON THE MAP FOR A CHANGE. Everyone knows Blackburn from the football.
No one is stealing Darwen's identity as it known as BLACKBURN WITH DARWEN BOROUGH COUNCIL
COUNCIL CREST IS THE THREE BEES IN FLIGHTS .B stands for Blackburn and further
The Motto is Arte et Labore means by skills and Labour.
[quote][p][bold]Darreners make sense[/bold] wrote: I see he council is still trying to steal Darwen's identity again. IT'S IN DARWEN. PUT US ON THE MAP FOR A CHANGE. Everyone knows Blackburn from the football.[/p][/quote]No one is stealing Darwen's identity as it known as BLACKBURN WITH DARWEN BOROUGH COUNCIL COUNCIL CREST IS THE THREE BEES IN FLIGHTS .B stands for Blackburn and further The Motto is Arte et Labore means by skills and Labour. M.DANNY
  • Score: 0

2:09am Sun 12 Jan 14

Tashan90 says...

woolywords wrote:
“It will be of a standard to hold international competitions and put Blackburn firmly on the map.” , says Anthony Ramsey, owner of designers, Art Ramp Parks from Blackburn.
Oh well said but there just one teeny weeny problem here, it's in Darwen!!!
What is the actual difference between Blackburn and Darwen? Darwen is in the borough of Blackburn with Darwen so it can rightly be classified as Blackburn just like all other local authorities classify areas as.
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: “It will be of a standard to hold international competitions and put Blackburn firmly on the map.” , says Anthony Ramsey, owner of designers, Art Ramp Parks from Blackburn. Oh well said but there just one teeny weeny problem here, it's in Darwen!!![/p][/quote]What is the actual difference between Blackburn and Darwen? Darwen is in the borough of Blackburn with Darwen so it can rightly be classified as Blackburn just like all other local authorities classify areas as. Tashan90
  • Score: 0

2:20am Sun 12 Jan 14

Tashan90 says...

Willybobs wrote:
Benjamin James wrote:
juanbbien wrote:
The headline and story says a skate park will be opening in Blackburn next year no its not in Blackburn it's in Darwen very misleading
Darwen Vale is technically classed as Darwen, regardless of what boundary you use: Oakdale, The Bus Stop, The actual milestone that says Darwen or the Motorway Bridge. Either way this doesn't mean that it has to state that it is Darwen, because from what I've read it's stating that it's using Blackburn Rovers facilities. Now that being said if anything the location would be best referred to as Ewood. but as far as things go do you really think that all the Skaters from Leeds, York, Liverpool, Manchester and the surrounding areas are going to say "Do you wanna go Darwen skatepark?" or do you think they're going to know of Blackburn, the town and say wanna go Blackburn skate park?

The whole point of putting "Blackburn on the map" is the fact that regardless of what you may think, what I may think and what anyone else in this town may think, Blackburn is always going to come first before Darwen, that's just how it is for now. Until Darwen becomes a booming town and doesn't need a joint council, something like this on the outskirts is probably going to be classed as Blackburn. Not much of an issue, but from an outsider looking ins point of view, they're going to see the skate park as Blackburn 8 days a week.
Are you really suggesting the skaters from Leeds, York, Liverpool and Manchester would visit a skate park in Darwen? I'm going to presume you were joking with that statement.

There's a skate park in Liverpool called Rampworx, which, at 70000 square feet is one of the largest in Europe. Its laughable to suggest Blackburn with Darwen councils no doubt crappy attempt at a skatepark would even be an option for people who live outside the borough!

Almost as laughable as you saying DARWEN Vale school is in Ewood!
Firstly Blackburn and Darwen are practically the same. Secondly people with skating interests travel to different skate parks to try different parks and also it will be great to get local kids off the streets doing nothing but causing trouble.
[quote][p][bold]Willybobs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Benjamin James[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]juanbbien[/bold] wrote: The headline and story says a skate park will be opening in Blackburn next year no its not in Blackburn it's in Darwen very misleading[/p][/quote]Darwen Vale is technically classed as Darwen, regardless of what boundary you use: Oakdale, The Bus Stop, The actual milestone that says Darwen or the Motorway Bridge. Either way this doesn't mean that it has to state that it is Darwen, because from what I've read it's stating that it's using Blackburn Rovers facilities. Now that being said if anything the location would be best referred to as Ewood. but as far as things go do you really think that all the Skaters from Leeds, York, Liverpool, Manchester and the surrounding areas are going to say "Do you wanna go Darwen skatepark?" or do you think they're going to know of Blackburn, the town and say wanna go Blackburn skate park? The whole point of putting "Blackburn on the map" is the fact that regardless of what you may think, what I may think and what anyone else in this town may think, Blackburn is always going to come first before Darwen, that's just how it is for now. Until Darwen becomes a booming town and doesn't need a joint council, something like this on the outskirts is probably going to be classed as Blackburn. Not much of an issue, but from an outsider looking ins point of view, they're going to see the skate park as Blackburn 8 days a week.[/p][/quote]Are you really suggesting the skaters from Leeds, York, Liverpool and Manchester would visit a skate park in Darwen? I'm going to presume you were joking with that statement. There's a skate park in Liverpool called Rampworx, which, at 70000 square feet is one of the largest in Europe. Its laughable to suggest Blackburn with Darwen councils no doubt crappy attempt at a skatepark would even be an option for people who live outside the borough! Almost as laughable as you saying DARWEN Vale school is in Ewood![/p][/quote]Firstly Blackburn and Darwen are practically the same. Secondly people with skating interests travel to different skate parks to try different parks and also it will be great to get local kids off the streets doing nothing but causing trouble. Tashan90
  • Score: 0

10:28am Mon 13 Jan 14

Benjamin James says...

KeeGTI wrote:
Excellent news, I just hope the designers consult users who have been in the scene for many years and especially include us rollerbladers.
I will be using it as a darwener and I know a lot of local lads/blokes who will too. (yes, it's not just kids using this).

Also a note to all parents of young children on scooters, don't let your children run riot throughout the park or they are likely to get injured. Skatepark etiquette is important to learn so as to not get in the way, get hurt and get shouted at. Don't blame us experienced users who have been using parks for over a decade, if your kid gets hurt.

I would love to know how i can get in touch with the designers and give a rollerbladers perspective on things please.
One thing that I hope is the first thing to be taught in this new skate park.
I for one want to take up skating if there's going to be a park on my doorstep but from experience in other skate parks (I'd sit and socialise, not skate) you need to make sure you have the etiquette down to a tee or else you will be ousted faster than you can say sorry.

If this is a success then I believe that this skate park may breed a lot of respectful kids. Let's just hope the scooters don't take up the skate park as I can imagine the in-line skaters and skate-boarders are going to be **** off if the skate park is full of 8 year olds clipping their ankles on scooters.
[quote][p][bold]KeeGTI[/bold] wrote: Excellent news, I just hope the designers consult users who have been in the scene for many years and especially include us rollerbladers. I will be using it as a darwener and I know a lot of local lads/blokes who will too. (yes, it's not just kids using this). Also a note to all parents of young children on scooters, don't let your children run riot throughout the park or they are likely to get injured. Skatepark etiquette is important to learn so as to not get in the way, get hurt and get shouted at. Don't blame us experienced users who have been using parks for over a decade, if your kid gets hurt. I would love to know how i can get in touch with the designers and give a rollerbladers perspective on things please.[/p][/quote]One thing that I hope is the first thing to be taught in this new skate park. I for one want to take up skating if there's going to be a park on my doorstep but from experience in other skate parks (I'd sit and socialise, not skate) you need to make sure you have the etiquette down to a tee or else you will be ousted faster than you can say sorry. If this is a success then I believe that this skate park may breed a lot of respectful kids. Let's just hope the scooters don't take up the skate park as I can imagine the in-line skaters and skate-boarders are going to be **** off if the skate park is full of 8 year olds clipping their ankles on scooters. Benjamin James
  • Score: 0

2:45pm Tue 14 Jan 14

hetty_wainthrop says...

'DARWEN VALE HIGH SCHOOL' is in DARWEN, the clue is in the name. You don't need many GCSEs to realise this you THICK PLANKS.

The site of the proposed BMX facility is in DARWEN, this is a geographical FACT and NOTHING to do with biassed council jurisdiction. Blackburn needs to learn this and accept it… Darwen is Darwen, Blackburn is Blackburn, they are two separate towns with (unfortunately) a joint council and shared border.
'DARWEN VALE HIGH SCHOOL' is in DARWEN, the clue is in the name. You don't need many GCSEs to realise this you THICK PLANKS. The site of the proposed BMX facility is in DARWEN, this is a geographical FACT and NOTHING to do with biassed council jurisdiction. Blackburn needs to learn this and accept it… Darwen is Darwen, Blackburn is Blackburn, they are two separate towns with (unfortunately) a joint council and shared border. hetty_wainthrop
  • Score: 1

2:48pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Darreners make sense says...

hetty_wainthrop wrote:
'DARWEN VALE HIGH SCHOOL' is in DARWEN, the clue is in the name. You don't need many GCSEs to realise this you THICK PLANKS.

The site of the proposed BMX facility is in DARWEN, this is a geographical FACT and NOTHING to do with biassed council jurisdiction. Blackburn needs to learn this and accept it… Darwen is Darwen, Blackburn is Blackburn, they are two separate towns with (unfortunately) a joint council and shared border.
HERE HERE!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]hetty_wainthrop[/bold] wrote: 'DARWEN VALE HIGH SCHOOL' is in DARWEN, the clue is in the name. You don't need many GCSEs to realise this you THICK PLANKS. The site of the proposed BMX facility is in DARWEN, this is a geographical FACT and NOTHING to do with biassed council jurisdiction. Blackburn needs to learn this and accept it… Darwen is Darwen, Blackburn is Blackburn, they are two separate towns with (unfortunately) a joint council and shared border.[/p][/quote]HERE HERE!!!!! Darreners make sense
  • Score: 1

10:59am Wed 15 Jan 14

Benjamin James says...

hetty_wainthrop wrote:
'DARWEN VALE HIGH SCHOOL' is in DARWEN, the clue is in the name. You don't need many GCSEs to realise this you THICK PLANKS.

The site of the proposed BMX facility is in DARWEN, this is a geographical FACT and NOTHING to do with biassed council jurisdiction. Blackburn needs to learn this and accept it… Darwen is Darwen, Blackburn is Blackburn, they are two separate towns with (unfortunately) a joint council and shared border.
Calm the funk down mate. It doesn't even matter. Darwen is hardly losing out on anything by stating it's Blackburn
[quote][p][bold]hetty_wainthrop[/bold] wrote: 'DARWEN VALE HIGH SCHOOL' is in DARWEN, the clue is in the name. You don't need many GCSEs to realise this you THICK PLANKS. The site of the proposed BMX facility is in DARWEN, this is a geographical FACT and NOTHING to do with biassed council jurisdiction. Blackburn needs to learn this and accept it… Darwen is Darwen, Blackburn is Blackburn, they are two separate towns with (unfortunately) a joint council and shared border.[/p][/quote]Calm the funk down mate. It doesn't even matter. Darwen is hardly losing out on anything by stating it's Blackburn Benjamin James
  • Score: -1

1:32pm Wed 15 Jan 14

hetty_wainthrop says...

Benjamin James wrote:
hetty_wainthrop wrote:
'DARWEN VALE HIGH SCHOOL' is in DARWEN, the clue is in the name. You don't need many GCSEs to realise this you THICK PLANKS.

The site of the proposed BMX facility is in DARWEN, this is a geographical FACT and NOTHING to do with biassed council jurisdiction. Blackburn needs to learn this and accept it… Darwen is Darwen, Blackburn is Blackburn, they are two separate towns with (unfortunately) a joint council and shared border.
Calm the funk down mate. It doesn't even matter. Darwen is hardly losing out on anything by stating it's Blackburn
Blackburn is an embarrassing mess. Darweners rue the association and connection…

Q. "You're from Darwen, where's that?"
A. "Next to Bolton (no mention of Blackburn)."
[quote][p][bold]Benjamin James[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hetty_wainthrop[/bold] wrote: 'DARWEN VALE HIGH SCHOOL' is in DARWEN, the clue is in the name. You don't need many GCSEs to realise this you THICK PLANKS. The site of the proposed BMX facility is in DARWEN, this is a geographical FACT and NOTHING to do with biassed council jurisdiction. Blackburn needs to learn this and accept it… Darwen is Darwen, Blackburn is Blackburn, they are two separate towns with (unfortunately) a joint council and shared border.[/p][/quote]Calm the funk down mate. It doesn't even matter. Darwen is hardly losing out on anything by stating it's Blackburn[/p][/quote]Blackburn is an embarrassing mess. Darweners rue the association and connection… Q. "You're from Darwen, where's that?" A. "Next to Bolton (no mention of Blackburn)." hetty_wainthrop
  • Score: 0

1:59pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Benjamin James says...

I think that's your opinion mate. As far as i'm aware the people I know from Darwen aren't ashamed of Blackburn, they just take much more pride in Darwen than Blackburners do with Blackburn... Understandably.

And by calling Blackburn an embarassing mess is a bit far fetched when every other terraced house in Darwen has either a coke dealer or a cannabis farm in the attic. Darwen runs on drugs mate so I wouldn't be too quick to slam Blackburn.

Regardless of where you're from Blackburn or Darwen, we're still the same family. We can still throw a stone from one town to the other so as far as this technicality is going on the national stage this skate park is in Blackburn. Do you really think BBC News would refer to it as Darwen skate park? (not that they'd cover the story)

The issue is that in a local newspaper, they have got it wrong as it's more likely to offend some locals that seem to think that it is of extreme importance. Anyway, we're going too far past the point of this article. We should be talking about the skate park not geographical technicalities.
I think that's your opinion mate. As far as i'm aware the people I know from Darwen aren't ashamed of Blackburn, they just take much more pride in Darwen than Blackburners do with Blackburn... Understandably. And by calling Blackburn an embarassing mess is a bit far fetched when every other terraced house in Darwen has either a coke dealer or a cannabis farm in the attic. Darwen runs on drugs mate so I wouldn't be too quick to slam Blackburn. Regardless of where you're from Blackburn or Darwen, we're still the same family. We can still throw a stone from one town to the other so as far as this technicality is going on the national stage this skate park is in Blackburn. Do you really think BBC News would refer to it as Darwen skate park? (not that they'd cover the story) The issue is that in a local newspaper, they have got it wrong as it's more likely to offend some locals that seem to think that it is of extreme importance. Anyway, we're going too far past the point of this article. We should be talking about the skate park not geographical technicalities. Benjamin James
  • Score: -1

2:44pm Wed 15 Jan 14

ghjuhb says...

Benjamin James wrote:
I think that's your opinion mate. As far as i'm aware the people I know from Darwen aren't ashamed of Blackburn, they just take much more pride in Darwen than Blackburners do with Blackburn... Understandably.

And by calling Blackburn an embarassing mess is a bit far fetched when every other terraced house in Darwen has either a coke dealer or a cannabis farm in the attic. Darwen runs on drugs mate so I wouldn't be too quick to slam Blackburn.

Regardless of where you're from Blackburn or Darwen, we're still the same family. We can still throw a stone from one town to the other so as far as this technicality is going on the national stage this skate park is in Blackburn. Do you really think BBC News would refer to it as Darwen skate park? (not that they'd cover the story)

The issue is that in a local newspaper, they have got it wrong as it's more likely to offend some locals that seem to think that it is of extreme importance. Anyway, we're going too far past the point of this article. We should be talking about the skate park not geographical technicalities.
Blackburn is in Blackburn and Darwen is in Darwen as far as I can see the skate park will be placed in DARWEN. Therefore articles like this don't help. I completely understand why people would get annoyed. Blackburn take all the credit for most things in the borough because their name is plastered everywhere and it's bigger. Blackburn is an embarrassing mess to be honest with you. Becoming Blackburn with Darwen is one of the worst things they could have done, tarnishing our town. Coming up with assumptions like "Darwen runs on drugs" is pretty ridiculous (Not any more than anywhere else in the UK) Why shouldn't they refer to the Skate Park being in Darwen when it is? I'm sure if they put a Skate Park in Blackburn Town centre and then said it was in Darwen everyone else would kick up a fuss. Having said that I am very glad they're opening a new Skate Park in DARWEN. We used to have rhythm then when that shut there was Bones or Interact both have infact have shut down now so this will be an excellent resource for the community. I do also agree with the fact that this park should in no way be run by the council it should be run by local skaters and riders wanting to support their park. This honestly is a fantastic thing for our town to have and will look forward to having a skate!
[quote][p][bold]Benjamin James[/bold] wrote: I think that's your opinion mate. As far as i'm aware the people I know from Darwen aren't ashamed of Blackburn, they just take much more pride in Darwen than Blackburners do with Blackburn... Understandably. And by calling Blackburn an embarassing mess is a bit far fetched when every other terraced house in Darwen has either a coke dealer or a cannabis farm in the attic. Darwen runs on drugs mate so I wouldn't be too quick to slam Blackburn. Regardless of where you're from Blackburn or Darwen, we're still the same family. We can still throw a stone from one town to the other so as far as this technicality is going on the national stage this skate park is in Blackburn. Do you really think BBC News would refer to it as Darwen skate park? (not that they'd cover the story) The issue is that in a local newspaper, they have got it wrong as it's more likely to offend some locals that seem to think that it is of extreme importance. Anyway, we're going too far past the point of this article. We should be talking about the skate park not geographical technicalities.[/p][/quote]Blackburn is in Blackburn and Darwen is in Darwen as far as I can see the skate park will be placed in DARWEN. Therefore articles like this don't help. I completely understand why people would get annoyed. Blackburn take all the credit for most things in the borough because their name is plastered everywhere and it's bigger. Blackburn is an embarrassing mess to be honest with you. Becoming Blackburn with Darwen is one of the worst things they could have done, tarnishing our town. Coming up with assumptions like "Darwen runs on drugs" is pretty ridiculous (Not any more than anywhere else in the UK) Why shouldn't they refer to the Skate Park being in Darwen when it is? I'm sure if they put a Skate Park in Blackburn Town centre and then said it was in Darwen everyone else would kick up a fuss. Having said that I am very glad they're opening a new Skate Park in DARWEN. We used to have rhythm then when that shut there was Bones or Interact both have infact have shut down now so this will be an excellent resource for the community. I do also agree with the fact that this park should in no way be run by the council it should be run by local skaters and riders wanting to support their park. This honestly is a fantastic thing for our town to have and will look forward to having a skate! ghjuhb
  • Score: 3

5:00pm Wed 15 Jan 14

hetty_wainthrop says...

Darwen Vale High School
Blackburn Rd
DARWEN, Lancashire BB3 0AL

It's definitely in DARWEN and the BB3, kids need to be schooled correctly, even in geography. Know the facts.
Darwen Vale High School Blackburn Rd DARWEN, Lancashire BB3 0AL It's definitely in DARWEN and the BB3, kids need to be schooled correctly, even in geography. Know the facts. hetty_wainthrop
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