‘Fantastic’ new skatepark set to open this summer

LET US PLAY -- the large play area at the new skatepark in Rainworth.
LET US PLAY -- the large play area at the new skatepark in Rainworth.

The long summer holidays will be even more enjoyable than usual for the youngsters of Rainworth -- thanks to a new play area and skatepark.

Work on the £260,000 project, which has been in the pipeline for three years, has started after a mammoth fundraising effort, led by the Rainworth Skatepark Association, and the park, on land off Kirklington Road, is to open on Saturday 18th July.

Mum Clare Salmon, of the association, came up with the idea for the park because Rainworth is desperately short of play facilities for youngsters of all ages.

It evolved into a true community project, with funding from a host of sources, including £75,000 from WREN, a not-for-profit business that awards grants from landfill tax. Said WREN boss Peter Cox: “This will be a fantastic space for local people to get outdoors and have fun. We are delighted to support it.”

A total of £130,000 has come from the developers of three housing schemes in Rainworth, while £50,000 has been awarded from Notts County Council’s supporting local communities fund. Coun Jim Creamer, of the council, said: “The skatepark is a welcome addition to the area. It is always good news when organisations work together to deliver much-needed facilities.”

Clare said such co-operation was “the way forward for improving communities”. She also thanked Rainworth Parish Council, who will maintain the park, and Newark and Sherwood District Council for their support. The land has been leased from Rainworth Welfare for a peppercorn rent.