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New ideas sought for Woodbridge skatepark expansion plans

PUBLISHED: 21:00 03 October 2018

BMX riders at Woodbridge Skatepark in 2011 Picture: SIMON PARKER

BMX riders at Woodbridge Skatepark in 2011 Picture: SIMON PARKER

Woodbridge’s popular skatepark could be set for a makeover following the renovation of the Deben Leisure Centre.

The new expanded area for the Woodbridge skatepark Picture: KATY SANDALLSThe new expanded area for the Woodbridge skatepark Picture: KATY SANDALLS

The skatepark was built 10 years ago in partnership with the local community, Woodbridge Town Council, Just 42 and Suffolk Coastal District Council.

The centre recently underwent a £3 million revamp and as a result the area immediately behind the leisure centre became vacant.

This space has now been earmarked to expand the space available at Woodbridge Skatepark.

The council are now looking for ideas as to how to use this extra space for the park.

Skateboarders in a fundraising event at Woodbridge Skatepark in 2011 Picture: SIMON PARKERSkateboarders in a fundraising event at Woodbridge Skatepark in 2011 Picture: SIMON PARKER

TJ Haworth-Culf, Suffolk Coastal Cabinet Member with responsibility for customers, communities and leisure, said: “Woodbridge Skatepark has now been open for a decade and it has proven very popular with young people of all ages and abilities.

“We have been given this fantastic opportunity to expand the area, and we want the views of the people who use it. So if you have an idea, it doesn’t matter how big or small, we want to hear it.”

All the ideas received by the council will be shared with a number of skate companies who will come up with their proposed design based on these.

On February 16 2019, the skate companies will present their design ideas at a special event.

Those who use the park will be able to vote for their preferred design and then work with the winning company to go over the plans.

To have your say on the plans email your ideas to leisure@eastsuffolk.gov.uk by November 16 2018.

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