December 11 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Work to build a new and improved skatepark in Bury St Edmunds could start in two months’ time if plans are approved.
St Edmundsbury Borough Council has submitted a planning application for a new concrete skatepark to replace the existing wooden one dating back to the late 90s in Olding Road.
Elle Zwandahl, chairman of the trustees of the Bury Skatepark Experience charity, said £240,000 had now been raised to upgrade the popular facility, adding the work would probably start in October.
She said: “People have worked very, very hard and the community is behind us and various community groups are behind us because they see it as a viable, vibrant attractive place for young people to enjoy themselves and be safe.”
A planning statement prepared by Wheelscape Ltd said the site had been used as a skatepark and BMX track for more than 15 years. While the BMX track has been newly rebuilt, the skatepark is “dilapidated”.
The proposed new skatepark, which has been designed in accordance with the British and European Standards for Wheeled Sports Facilities, will be built from reinforced sprayed concrete.
The in-ground structure would reduce the visual and acoustic impact of the facility on its surroundings and would make it easier for spectators to view it, the statement said. It added that removing previous ‘blind-spots’ and the continued use of floodlighting should reduce the possibility of anti-social behaviour.
It said: “The local skate and BMX community, their parents, council officers and other interested parties have been very active in raising funds for the skatepark and in developing the design in a series of workshops. This will be a place in which the whole local community can take the upmost pride.”
Ms Zwandahl said in the summer months up to 2,000 people a week use the facility.
“It’s just such a great place for young people to be,” she said.