Gallery: Whitehouse Skatepark unveiled in Ipswich is ‘dream come true’

Whitehouse Skatepark being officially opened by Ipswich mayor Glen Chisholm and the Rev Andrew Dotch

Whitehouse Skatepark being officially opened by Ipswich mayor Glen Chisholm and the Rev Andrew Dotchin.

A new skatepark in Ipswich unveiled on Saturday morning is a “dream come true” and will bring the community closer together, a church leader has said.

Whitehouse Skatepark was official opened by Ipswich mayor Glen Chisholm. Within minutes, dozens of youngsters were sharing tips, showing off tricks and making new friends.

Rev Andrew Dotchin said he first put forward the idea of a new community venue at the park 10 years ago.

“It is a dream come true,” he said.

“The launch was amazing – immediately, we had toddlers to 25 year olds all on the park at the same time, showing courtesy and kindness.

“Forget about dexterity and physical exertion; they were learning, caring, patient and applauding each other.

“This new skatepark is going to great for the Whitton and Whitehouse community and I am sure it will go from strength to strength.”

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He thanked the North West Ipswich Big Local Trust, The SITA Trust, and Ipswich Borough Council’s (IBC) North West Area Committee for funding the project.

An IBC spokesman said: “It’s good to see the new skatepark open and we are sure it will prove very popular with local youngsters.”

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