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Youngsters play part in shape a skate park

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 03, 2014

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PEOPLE from Burton and South Derbyshire are flocking to a new skate part, according to council chiefs.

The £110,000 feature in the Hood Park play area of Ashby was designed partially by the youngsters who will now use it.

The site has been so popular that it is not just drawing people in from North West Leicestershire but also from Burton and South Derbyshire.

Ashby town council leader John Coxon said: “Having the input from the young people – who will be the ones who use the skate park – was a very important element.

“It would be no good for the council to provide something they don’t want and wouldn’t use.

“Because they have played an active part in planning the park, they feel a pride and ownership of it – it is their park.”

Young people were involved with the project from the start when the council announced a previous wooden skate ramp, wrecked by weather and vandals, would have to be replaced.

A group of regular ramp users gave a presentation at the annual town meeting in May 2012 with a wish-list of the features they wanted the proposed development to contain.

Their suggestions were incorporated into designs for the park, giving the finished area its own personal identity.

Funding for the project included grants of £50,000 from Sita Trust, £12,000 from the Big Society Grant Fund (Leicestershire County Council), £29,544.50 from developer contributions from the Royal Mews Development, in Station Road, and a further contribution from the work undertaken by the Sanctuary Group, in Malvern Crescent.

The balance of the funding was met by the town council.

It is used by children from primary age up to young adults in their late teens and early 20s, with BMX bikes and scooters taking their place among skaters and skateboarders.

It was officially opened by professional skateboarders King Ramp.

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