New Leamington skatepark plans unveiled
Plans for a new skatepark to be built in Leamington and due to be opened in the autumn have been unveiled.
The Save Our Skatepark (SOS) group is celebrating after it received a £60,000 funding boost from the SITA Trust for the project, which will be built on the site of the former skate ramp in Victoria Park.
SOS has been working with Warwick District Council, which will match fund £50,000 for the facility.
Work will start on the specifically designed concrete skatepark in August and is due to be completed in October.
Alex Walker, a skateboarder and the chairman of the SOS group who has led the campaign to have the skatepark built for several years, said: “We are so happy to have finally acquired enough funding to build a legacy in Victoria Park - and we are very thankful of both SITA Trust and Warwick District Council for what they have helped us to achieve.
“We aim to create a feel good factor in the park which has begun to become disused, apart from the bowls tournament in the summer.
“After working tirelessly to apply for the monies we worked alongside Ripride Skateshop to develop the plans with Canvas Skateparks, and they are looking fantastic.
“Save Our Skatepark’s community group will be looking to put on many community events in the future with other local organisations, and cannot wait to have the park thriving once more.
He added: “I cannot wait to skate it.”
The SITA Trust provides grants through the Landfill Communities Fund.
This funding has been available since 1997 and has provided many worthy projects with more than £1.4 billion.
Marianne Ivin of SITA Trust said: “This is a wonderful project demonstrating real community action.
“The resurrection of the once well-loved skatepark will be a real achievement for the group and for the local community.”