AMBITIOUS plans for an outdoor ice rink in Greenhead Park, Huddersfield, today got a cold response from a pressure group.
Park users said money should be spent on improving safety before any work was done elsewhere.
They want the whole park to be enclosed, wrought iron fencing put back up, gates put up at the two main entrances and the whole park closed after dusk.
Eve Chisholm, chairwoman of the Friends of Greenhead Park, said the ice rink plans - announced yesterday - were "completely mental".
She added: "We need to conserve and reinstate the park in its original format and function.
"It needs to be enclosed with gates and railings, the way it was originally conceived. If Kirklees Council is going to spend money on these plans, it should do the other things first.
"The gates and railings will make people feel safe and secure and prevent damage and graffiti. As it is now it is completely open," she said.
Mrs Chisholm, of Park Drive South, said the original railings had been removed as part of the war effort, but had never been put back.
Mrs Chisholm praised the work of park wardens in Greenhead Park, but she said more people needed to be on duty there.
She said the park gates should be closed at dusk and re-opened around 6am.
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