THIS is the first look at a new 50m skate park set to wheel its way into Leamington in October.
Plans for the new facility in Victoria Park have been in the pipeline for some time, but the scheme was finally made possible after the Save Our Skate Park group successfully applied for funding of £60,000 from the SITA Trust.
A further £50,000 has been given by Warwick District Council from its developer contributions budget to cover the remaining cost.
And the scheme was officially given the green light by members of the authority’s planning committee at a meeting this week.
The skate park, which is expected to be some seven metres wide, will have a range of concrete ramps and jumps up to 1.7metres high.
It has been designed by the Save Our Skate Park group, who joined forces with Warwick District Council in a bid to provide enthusiasts with a state-of-the-art skate park.
Group chairman Alex Walker launched a fund-raising campaign back in 2011 after the old skate ramp at the park was removed over concerns about health and safety.
But it is hoped the new facility will provide an improved, larger skate park, which will suit skaters with a range of abilities.
Council chiefs also say having a central skate park will mean police officers should be able to spend less time moving on nuisance skaters in the town.
The new skate park will be built by engineering company Canvas near to the existing children’s paddling pool and playground at the Archery Road park.
Alex told the Observer: “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 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 applying for the funding we worked tirelessly 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 events in the future with other local organisations, and we cannot wait to have the park thriving once more.”
Building is expected to begin in August and be complete by early October.