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Getting their skates on for new park

PUBLISHED: 15:56 31 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:29 03 March 2010

FELIXSTOWE youngsters have finally got their long-awaited BMX and skateboard area.

Thanks to hard work from Suffolk Coastal District Council, Felixstowe town council and the Port of Felixstowe, five play areas in the town have also had a grand facelift.

FELIXSTOWE youngsters have finally got their long-awaited BMX and skateboard area.

Thanks to hard work from Suffolk Coastal District Council, Felixstowe town council and the Port of Felixstowe, five play areas in the town have also had a grand facelift.

The official opening of the Cavendish Park ground took place yesterday where officials from the Port of Felixstowe and Suffolk Coastal met up with Town mayor Harry Dangerfield.

Doreen Savage, chairman of Suffolk Coastal, said that the play area was something that had been long fought for in the town.

She said: "For as long as I can remember skateboard and new play equipment have been high on the agenda of young people in Felixstowe.

"The completion of the new project represents the culmination of a great deal of hard work by many people over a long period of time.

"This has only been achieved through the dogged determination of all partners involved in the project."

Other parks such as Langer, Allenby, Ferry Road and the Coronation Sports Ground have also been refurbished in the scheme.

Lots of children were already making use of the new play area and avid BMX riders on their new track treated guests at the ceremony to a display.

The Port of Felixstowe gave financial backing to the scheme when worker Gemma Box came up with the idea after reading of the plight of the youngsters. The port donated £10,000 to help with the scheme.

Chris Gray, chief executive of Hutchison Ports UK, said: "This is our way of supporting the local community. We have more than 2,000 people working in the port and they all live in the area.

"This is a way in which the port can play its part in the community."

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