Fight to save Grimsby skate park after building flooded with water in torrential downpour

-Credit: (Image: Ghetto Park)
-Credit: (Image: Ghetto Park)


Members of the community have rallied together to save a Grimsby skate park after the building was completely flooded in last week's torrential downpour.

On Sunday, May 26, Ghetto Park on Garibaldi Street sustained severe water damage in the adverse weather conditions, with the floor of the entire building left covered in "two inches" of water.

Skaters at the park watched as rainwater came in to the building from both the vents in the floor and the ceiling, with members of staff and volunteers using whatever items they could find to push the water onto the street from the main entrance.

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Speaking to Grimsby Live, Director of Ghetto Park, Pam Wilson, said: "We got a phone call to say it was happening and so many people posted videos of the water coming through, so we rushed over there. Some of the guys that were there skating were just trying to get the water out, it was about two inches deep. It was crazy.

"[The rainwater] came up from the drains and the drains pushed up the screwed-in vents. It came from above and below, in every single room. It was just too much water in too little time.

Skaters and members of staff had to try and push the water out of the building -Credit:Ghetto Park
Skaters and members of staff had to try and push the water out of the building -Credit:Ghetto Park

"We used two Rug Doctor machines and they sucked up all the rainwater, but it took four or five days, every time we looked and thought it was dry it wasn't, so that's why it took longer."

As a result of the flooding, the wooden floors at the bottom of the ramps were completely destroyed, and the directors of Ghetto Park were forced to pay for new floors out of their own pocket.

In response, a Gofundme fundraiser has been launched by a service user at Ghetto Park in a bid to raise £10,000. Its description reads: "Ghetto Park put in so much hard work and continue to improve the skate park on such a low budget and with the devastation of the skate park being flooded a lot of the facilities are damaged and are unable to be saved which will mean having to buy new wood to repair damage and safety equipment to get the skate park up and running again.

-Credit:Ghetto Park
-Credit:Ghetto Park

"Unlike a lot of businesses in the area Ghetto doesn’t receive enough funding. The owners of Ghetto Park are very proud and never ask for help so on behalf of the community who love to see the business providing somewhere for children and adults to go I am asking for any help and support, please."

Pam said it feels "humbling" to see so many members of the community donate to the fundraiser. She said: "We're trying to raise £10,000, which is going to pay for everything we've had to buy. All the wood at the bottom of the ramps got spoilt, and we've had to pay for the workforce all week. It's taken all the funds we've got, so this will just help to pay those bills.

It took days to rectify the damage -Credit:Ghetto Park
It took days to rectify the damage -Credit:Ghetto Park

"It's really humbling to see people donate. The comments on Facebook are absolutely lovely. We do forget in a way what we do for people just by being open, so it's lovely to be reminded. We got a cheque from a young boy for £500, it made me cry."

At the time of writing, the fundraiser has raised more than £1,600, with £8,400 left to reach the target. You can donate by clicking here.