April 23 2014 Latest news:
Monday, December 30, 2013
A groundbreaking ceremony will mark the start of major work to revamp a well-used skatepark which is already attracting national and international interest.
A new flagship skatepark in Olding Road, Bury St Edmunds, is being built after years of hard work to raise the necessary funds of about £250,000.
The Bury SkatePark Experience group, which has been behind the fundraising effort, has invited the main contractors Wheelscape and all of the funders of the project to a groundbreaking ceremony on January 6 at midday.
At the event local dignitaries, councillors and the young people involved in the project are also due to attend.
The existing wooden facility has been there since 1998, but it had become dilapidated and in major need of updating.
Councillor Robert Everitt, St Edmundsbury Borough Cabinet member for communities said: “The Skatepark Experience has done an amazing job pulling together the funding for this exciting project, along with deciding the design, coming up with the brief and selecting the contractor.
“We at St Edmundsbury are proud to support them - this is what working together can achieve - and hope other groups will be inspired by what they have achieved.”
Elle Zwandahl, chair of Bury Skate Park Experience Charity, said: “It is certainly going to be an eventful and exciting 2014 for those who love grinding the bowls, verts and rails as well as for us spectators vicariously living the dream.”
Harley Miller, co-ordinator of the Skate Park User Group, said everyone had worked so hard for such a long time to get to this point.
“It’s going to be amazing to have a new hub for everyone to enjoy and benefit from, which I believe they really deserve,” she said.
Funding for the scheme had come from a number of sources including the borough council, Bury St Edmunds Town Council, Biffa - Landfill Tax Credits and money raised locally by Bury Skatepark Experience.
The new skatepark will be built from reinforced sprayed concrete and the newly-rebuilt BMX track will remain in place.