The newly refurbished Haydon Wick Skatepark opened to eagerly awaiting users and the community this week on Tuesday 1 September 2020 at 3pm. Skaters and scooters of all ages joined the Haydon Wick Parish Council employees and Councillors to showcase their Airwalk, Flip and Pop Shove-It moves. The Council is delighted with the positive community response, and Councillor Ellen Baker Lee, has said:
“It was great to see such a diverse group of young people enjoying the skate park. I was particularly struck by seeing the older skaters helping and encouraging the younger ones”.
The Council’s Parks & Projects Team started dismantling the previous skate park equipment at the end of May and the installation of the new skate park equipment continued in late June by overcoming COVID related delays and obstacles. Vice Chairman to the Council, Councillor Vinay Manro commented:
“From the initial consultation with our stake park users to the final design back in September 2019 to the finished skate park, hundreds of hours have gone into getting the skatepark ready as it is today. We have been pleased to see so many people using it on skate boards, scooters and bikes. This represents a significant investment into the new facility and we hope all users respect it and the surrounding area so it remains available for all to use for years to come”.
The new skate park is designed in such a way that it can be used with skateboards, scooters, bikes and wheelchairs and to suit a range of ages and abilities. Councillor Richard Hailstone, Chairman of the Amenities & Leisure Committee, has said:
“This project has been the result of a great team effort, and we hope that the new skatepark development will provide our community with a fun and exciting form of outdoor activity for everyone to enjoy for many, many years to come”.
The Council is chuffed with the community’s positive reaction to the completion of the project, and has exciting plans for future which include graffiti artist workshops, skateboarding workshops and competitions. It hopes to increase the community use of the facility with further development with local schools and specific user groups. Future installation of CCTV and solar powered lighting are being planned to help increase the hours of use during the darker winter months and to reduce any anti-social behaviour.