A new skate park to be built

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By TanyaSmith | Tuesday, March 01, 2011, 14:27

Hampton Wick will soon be the the 'in destination' for all local skaters with a brand new park being built at the King's Field.

Building work is start any day and local skaters have been asked by the council what type of ramps and jumps they want created on the site.

Richmond Council and Richmond Youth Partnership secured the necessary funding for the site, and it will be available to skateboarders, BMX riders and in-line skaters.

Cllr Virginia Morris, Richmond Council’s Strategic Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said:

“Our parks and open spaces are among the shining lights of London and we are always on the lookout for how we can improve our facilities and make sure our young people have useful entertainment. We’re willing to invest in up-to-date facilities which I am sure will be well used from the word go. In the midst of so much negative news about spending cuts around the country it is pleasing to hear some good news for our younger generation.”

David Lemon, Director of Richmond Youth Partnership, said:

“We are delighted the skate park will be complete in time for Spring. This is the culmination of over two years of work between the young people and Richmond Youth Partnership in securing funding and coming up with a design that will satisfy all the users of the park. I’m particularly pleased to see such an effective partnership develop between the young people, the Council and charities, including The London Marathon Charitable trust which is generously contributing to the cost of the rebuild.”

Appaently the park will feature jump boxes, bowl sections and mini ramps, which should please all skaters in the community.

It will be built by Blakedown Play and Sport and the decision to use concrete means the ramps, rails and bowls will absorb noise, be hard wearing and long lasting.

This is obviously great news for the skaters, but do you have any reservations about the park.

Graham Hallam, a resident from Hampton said:

" I can understand that it will be a good idea to get skaters off the streets and in to a safe designated area, but my worry is that it attract more youths to the area who could create a lot of noise and disturbance, especially during the summer when the light evenings return."

Lets hear your views on the new development. 



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