Skate park opens for village teens

A BRAND new skate park for young people in South Normanton opened this Saturday.

The new park, which is also suitable for other wheeled sports such as BMXing, was officially opened at noon and was followed by test runs, competitions and music.

Located on South Street Recreational Ground, the new skate park replaces the town’s old one, as its ramps were worn and unsafe.

It comprises specially constructed ramps, runs and features that replicate those found in the urban environment, including kerbs and handrails.

Funding for the £46,000 scheme came in the form of a grant of £36,679 from The Veolia Environmental Trust, awarded through the Landfill Communities Fund, with South Normanton Parish Council making up the shortfall.

The scheme was led by SNaP Development Project, a community organisation established in 2004 to improve the quality of life, environment and provision for local people.

Young skaters, BMXers and inline skaters helped design the skate park’s features, which was constructed and installed by Bournemouth-based GBH Workshops Ltd.

SNaP will use the skate park as a base for outreach work for the young people that hang about the streets in South Normanton.

Youth workers will work with young people and provide them with activities and workshops on safe BMX-ing and bike maintenance.

The youth workers will also deliver sessions on issues such as the effects of bullying and substance misuse.

Speaking about the opening of the skate park, Mandy Mangold, SNaP Youth Work Project Manager, says, “Over the summer holidays, local young people have been patiently watching and waiting for the skate park to be installed. Now that it is open, they are having a fabulous time riding the ramps and practicing their tricks and stunts. It’s great to see so many young people having fun and making use of this fantastic facility.”The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Margaret Cobbold, adds, “It is great that this skate park is now open. Facilities such as this make a real difference to young people’s lives and this project is an excellent example of how the Trust and the Landfill Communities Fund can help make ideas, plans and designs become reality.”