Wheelie good news for scooter fans
Merton is home to the UK’s first dedicated scooter track (See image (l-r): Poplar Primary School pupils Ethan Yadav, Taibah Sadikeen, Sadaf Assad and Douglas Powley with deputy mayor Judy Saunders).
The Grand Prix-style course weaves in and out of a landscaped corner of Mostyn Gardens adjacent to Poplar Primary School. The tarmac track, which includes chicanes, a pit stop, mock petrol pumps, road crossings and shop fronts, is open to 3-11 year-olds during the holidays and at weekends.
The school raised more than £60,000 through various fundraising events, grants and a crowdfunding campaign with contributors including Olympians Alistair and Jonny Brownlee.
The scooter park was the idea of head teacher Katharine Davies. She said: “We have created a unique area allowing children to play safely on their scooters in an imaginative and attractive environment.
“The children, families and community have been amazing in the support they have given to this project and we hope it will be enjoyed by many local families over the summer holidays and in the years to come.”
Deputy Mayor Judy Saunders bought the chequered flag down to officially open the track although the public won’t be allowed in until the start of the summer holidays.
Cllr Nick Draper, Cabinet Member for Community and Culture for Merton Council, added: “What a brilliant idea from the school. We’re lucky to have great council officers too who helped on this and so many imaginative projects around Merton. My only regret is that I’m too old to scoot around it myself!”
Contributors to the scooter park included Merton Council. Suez Communities Trust and Andrews Property Group who presented a cheque for £10,000.