Framlingham: Skate park project gathers pace ahead of Midsummer Madness fundraiser

A working party is hoping to improve Framlingham's skate park

A working party is hoping to improve Framlingham's skate park - Credit: Archant

Community spirited volunteers have launched a major drive to improve sporting facilities for youngsters in a historic market town.

The Framlingham Skate Park Fundraising Working Group has been busy putting together a new project plan and organising various events.

The facility was originally opened in 2007 thanks to the efforts of Framlingham Area Youth Action Partnership (FAYAP) and the town council. An impressive £80,000 was raised for the project and it proved a magnet for skaters, bikers and scooter users.

But a health and safety inspection last year revealed some of the ramps were severely corroded and had to be dismantled.

The company that carried out the original work had since gone into liquidation – meaning that instead of being able to claim the damage against warranty, the town council had to spend £23,000 to refurbish as much as possible.

However, the half pipe, jump box and driveway were beyond repair and a minimum of £40,000 needs to be raised if the skate park is to be restored to its former glory. As a result the working party was formed – made up of volunteers, town council members and the town clerk.

The group’s Angelika Grant said: “We believe the skate park forms a very important part of this community’s sporting facilities for our young people.

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“In fact, although missing some vital ramps, it is still well used. It offers those who do not go for the conventional sports an energy outlet and a way to keep fit and socialise.

“We are always happy to welcome new members. We appreciate any support people can offer: time, money, expertise or ideas.”

The next fundraiser is Midsummer Madness, on Saturday, July 13 at the Pageant Field.

From 11am onwards people can enjoy a variety of events, including a family cycle ride, which starts at noon and costs £5 for adults and £2.50 for children. Other activities include a skate, scoot and BMX jam, dog show, belly dancing and a family decathlon. From 6pm to 10pm there will be a hog roast, beer tent and live music, with tickets £5 and £2.50. All money will go to the skate park.

For more details contact, or call 07941 716263.