Residents launch campaign for new community facility in memory of late Leeds skater

Residents gather at Rothwell's Springhead Park in support of plans for a new skate park in memory of Daniel Parrinder. Picture by Simon Hulme.
Residents gather at Rothwell's Springhead Park in support of plans for a new skate park in memory of Daniel Parrinder. Picture by Simon Hulme.
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The memory of a much-loved Leeds skateboarder, who tragically died in a car crash earlier this year, could be marked with a new community skate park.

Around 1,000 residents have signed an online petition that would leave a lasting legacy for Daniel ‘Paz’ Parrinder by creating a lit concrete skate park in Rothwell to replace unlit facilities skaters consider dangerous when wet in Springhead Park.

Daniel Parrinder

Daniel Parrinder

Daniel, 24, who helped and inspired Leeds youngsters to skate, was travelling in a Renault Clio with his friend Michael Cox and another passenger when they lost control and the car rolled in Methley Lane, Oulton, in July. Both Daniel and Michael died at the scene.

Rothwell mum Deb Richardson, whose 15-year-old son Ronan was mentored by Daniel, has launched the campaign in line with the ambitions of the 8010 Project, a voluntary steering group set up by young skaters.

“Daniel was the one who really inspired Ronan to take up skating,” she said. “They thought it would be a nice tribute to pay and the family are really overjoyed about it. It’s very close to the skaters’s hearts.”

The campaign is aimed to give skateboarders a dedicated facility that would prevent night-time gatherings of youths at a local Morrisons car park. The car park is lit at night but the gatherings have been the subject of some complaints from residents.

Coun Stewart Golton (Lib Dem, Rothwell) has secured temporary ‘pitch up and play’ supervised facilities in the car park which will soon run once a week but ambitions of a permanent tribute remain, which would involve large-scale fundraising. Coun Karen Bruce (Lab, Rothwell) also hosted a meeting of Leeds City Council, residents and skateboarders last week.

A statement from Daniel Parrinder’s family read: “We are brought great comfort in knowing how inspiring he was to the youths of Rothwell.”

It continued: “It is a fitting tribute and we will offer what support we can.”

Visit www.facebook.com/skateparkforrothwell for details.

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