Blue plaque for BMX rider Tom Warrington at newly repaired skate park
A BLUE plaque has been put up at a recently repaired skatepark in honor of a “much loved” local BMX rider.
The blue memorial plaque was installed at the Malton skate park to honor local Tom Warrington, who sadly passed away in 2008.
Ryan Swain, an avid local skateboarder, requested that the blue plaque be affixed in Tom’s memory.
Ryan said: “After a lot of organization and planning, I took the liberty of getting this very special blue memorial plaque in memory of someone that myself and many others loved very much at the skatepark and which has been its soul for many years.
“Since his death in 2008 many of us have always said or tried to get some kind of memorial coin for him at the skatepark because he really loved him there and met so many amazing people at the facilities.
“Tom was one of the finest BMX talents to come out of Malton. But above all, he was one of the most charming, fun, generous and generous spirits many of us have ever known.”
Work on the skate park began in late March, following a successful campaign by avid skaters from the area.
Ryan said now was the perfect time to put the plaque in place as work had begun on the “revival and rejuvenation” of the site.
“Now a little piece of him will always fly over us there, whether you’re a user or just passing through,” Ryan added.
The more than a year-long campaign, originally launched and led by Ryan, is now underway in Malton. Ryan, a town presenter, launched the “#RescueTheRamp” campaign to help keep the popular skatepark active in the area.
Being an avid skateboarder himself, Ryan wanted to help the local community by repairing and resurfacing the city park so it could continue to be used.
Work began on the site in late March with King Ramps, owned by professional skateboarder Pete King, taking the lead. But, Ryan was also on hand to help with the repairs.
Restoring the halfpipe to the site is to be voted on at a later date. It was in danger of being demolished as the council needed funds for its upkeep, with councilors describing it as a “financial liability”.
But Ryan Swain’s campaign caught the eye of renowned pro Tony Hawk and persuaded advisers to keep it open last year.
The ramp, which opened 21 years ago, is considered the largest in the country.