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Bury St. Edmunds
Olding Road, Bury St Edmunds Suffolk, IP33 3TA
15-Dec-13 to 15-Dec-15
Dawn till Dusk
Bury St Edmunds has its own purpose build wooden skatepark (off Western Way) featuring a range of challenging ramps and a street course. The free to use park is suitable for BMXers, bladers and boarders.<br /><br />The facility was built in response to demand from young people, who helped to design, fund-raise for and also run this popular facility. Work on improvements are to be made to the skatepark to update the facilities during 2013.BMX Pump Track<br /><br />Members of the Bury Skate Park Experience, felt the need to improve their skatepark with the addition of a BMX track. Their own ideas on the track were included. Through funding from the lottery funded Changing Spaces, they received a grant to improve the skate park with the track as well as lights, new bins and benches.
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Work has started on a £250,000 rejuvenation of this skate park.
The cash injection, raised via a long fundraising campaign, will see the currently dilapidated skatepark in Bury St Edmunds transformed into a new flagship facility.
A ‘ground-breaking' ceremony at the Olding Road site yesterday was attended by members of Bury Skatepark Experience, which spearheaded the fundraising effort, along with supporters of the project and the main contractors, Wheelscape.
Since 1998, the existing skate park has provided a safe space for young people to socialise and improve their skate, BMX-ing and scooting skills.
But the wooden ramps had become dilapidated and were in need of a major overhaul.
The funding collected for the first phase of the new facility includes £108,000 from St Edmundsbury Borough Council, £50,000 from Biffa – Landfill Tax Credits, £20,000 from Bury St Edmunds Town Council and £10,000 from Havebury Housing Community Funding. The Bury Skatepark Experience also raised £12,000 locally.
Robert Everitt, St Edmundsbury Borough cabinet member for communities praised the Skatepark Experience for pulling together the funding for the project and coming up with a design brief for the new park, which is already attracting attention nationally and overseas.
He said: “We at St Edmundsbury are proud to support them. This is what working together can achieve and we hope other groups will be inspired by what they have achieved.”
Harley Miller, co-ordinator of the Skatepark User Group, said: “Everyone has worked so hard for such a long time to get to this point. It's going to be amazing to have a new hub for everyone to enjoy and benefit from, which I believe they really deserve.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme manager, added: “We're pleased to support the project at Bury St Edmunds Skatepark, which will lead to the provision of a high quality facility that the local community will benefit from for many years to come.”
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