Skatepark to open this month

IPSWICH'S new skatepark is to be formally opened later this month.It has been built on the new Bridge Park, between Grafton Way and Stoke Bridge.The new park is open to all skateboarders, in-line skaters and BMX riders – and will be mainly unsupervised.

IPSWICH'S new skatepark is to be formally opened later this month.

It has been built on the new Bridge Park, between Grafton Way and Stoke Bridge.

The new park is open to all skateboarders, in-line skaters and BMX riders – and will be mainly unsupervised.

However the Ipswich Skateboard Club has helped to organise the construction of the new park – and will be organising special sessions for its members.


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It will hold regular training evenings and taster sessions for non-members to find out about the fast growing sport.

The new park – which has cost £167,000 – has been developed with funding from a number of organisations, and a public appeal organised by the Ipswich Skatepark Appeal.

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Among the supporters are Newcastle United and England soccer star Kieron Dyer and almost £90,000 came in the form of a sports grant from the National Lottery.

The park will be officially opened later this month, on March 24, after which skateboarders and BMX riders will be able to use it.

Until now skateboarders have only been able to use the town's roads and pavements for their sport – the nearest purpose-built parks were in Norwich and Bury St. Edmunds.

For further information, visit the park's own website: www.ipswichskatepark.co.uk

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