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Get your skates off, it's been delayed

PUBLISHED: 16:41 23 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:53 03 March 2010

DELAYS have beset the opening of the long-awaited skateboard and BMX park in Stowmarket - again.

All was set for the grand opening of the £50,000 facility at the town's recreation ground tomorrow but a need for last-minute touches has put the ribbon-cutting ceremony back.

DELAYS have beset the opening of the long-awaited skateboard and BMX park in Stowmarket – again.

All was set for the grand opening of the £50,000 facility at the town's recreation ground tomorrow but a need for last-minute touches has put the ribbon-cutting ceremony back.

The delay means the prime attraction for Stowmarket youngsters, previously scheduled to open in time for the lazy days of the summer holidays, will remain shut for another fortnight while the final parts of the construction are completed.

Hopes of opening the site where youngsters on wheels can hone their acrobatic stunts in time for the end of the summer holidays were dashed while contractors waited for crucial parts.

But officials at Mid Suffolk District Council have managed to put a brave face on the latest delay after they issued an initial press release entitled "Jumping for Joy" in which they spoke of their "delight" in providing the facility.

A second has now been released blaming "unforeseen circumstances" for the postponement. It was entitled "Waiting to Jump for Joy".

Chris Fry, head of leisure and amenities at MSDC, said that the last-minute additions were just "technicalities", including fencing to be put up around the perimeter of the site and signs to state conditions of use.

He added that the park would be officially opened "within two weeks".

Boasting a half-pipe, two quarter-pipes, fun-box and slide rail, the facility which will cater for BMX riders, skateboarders, and rollerbladers. The provision of the exciting new feature for Stowmarket, in which the town council also played a lead role, was discussed and debated with many young people who longed to see the project come to fruition.

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