Skateboard park dream come true for Hope's youngsters

Published date: 24 January 2014 |
Published by: Romilly Scragg 
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SKATEBOARD fans and bike enthusiasts living in hope of a park to show off their skills look set to have their dreams realised.

Work to build a skate park in Hope is expected to start this year.

Details are being finalised for the facility, which will be created in Willow Playing Field.

A planning application is due to be submitted in the coming weeks and Hope Community Council clerk Alan Rushton said construction should start within the year.

The council has already set aside £20,000 for the scheme and hope another £20,000 will come in match funding from the county council.

Mr Rushton said community leaders had been keen to provide a facility suitable for the area’s young people. Councillors were aware play equipment was available for younger children but there was nothing for older age groups.

“They just felt it was something they’d like to provide – something that will get used and provide benefit,” he said.

Mr Rushton said the facility, which would be positioned towards the far side of the field away from the main road, was likely to be used by children and young people between the ages of eight and 16.

And after consultations last year with young people living in Hope, Mr Rushton said plans for the park are finally taking shape.

“We’re fine-tuning details over the next week or two,” he said.

“And then the county council will go ahead with the application.

“Usually, the process takes about three months so we hope to make a start by the middle of the year.”

With benches already in place and trees soon to be planted, Mr Rushton said councillors were trying to make the most of the attractive Willow Fields area and stressed the skate park would be open to young people from Hope and outside the area.

“It’s just somewhere for them to take their bikes and skateboards and have a bit of fun,” he added.

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