Opening set for town’s new skate park

Daventry’s new skate park will be officially opened on Saturday, July 13.

The Diamond Jubilee Skate Park has been built in New Street Recreation Ground after young people decided that was what they wanted in the area.

It will be used by skateboarders, BMX and scooter riders and skaters, is much larger than the old skate ramps it has replaced and people are invited to attend its official opening ceremony on Saturday, July 13, at 12pm.

Built to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the £135,000 project has been funded by Daventry District Council and various grants from its partners including £60,000 from the SITA Trust, £12,000 from Money for Youth, £4,000 from Daventry and District Housing (DDH) and £10,000 from the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership.

A new play area for young children will also be built on the Recreation Ground this summer.

Councillor Alan Hills, Community, Culture and Leisure Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council, who will be cutting the ribbon to officially open the park, said: “We are delighted to be able to formally open Daventry’s new Diamond Jubilee Skate Park now that work has finished on the scheme.

“The idea for a new skate park was originally initiated by skaters based at the Phoenix Centre and young people then gave us their thoughts about what facilities they wanted to see in the area.

“I think that they will be delighted with the new ramps. Not only do they incorporate a range of latest features that can be used by those with varied abilities, the ramps will enable them to develop their skills. They have improved lighting and are covered by CCTV.

“We want as many members of the public as possible to come and join us as we officially open the skate park along with the town’s skaters who can come and enjoy the new facility for the first time.”