Skaters drop in on new Victoria Park ramps - The Leamington Observer

Skaters drop in on new Victoria Park ramps

SKATERS have descended on Victoria Park to try out the new ramps.

Save Our Skatepark have now completed their mission to bring skaters back to Leamington with a brand new facility for people to use their skateboards, rollerblades, BMXs and even scooters.

The group formed in 2012 after the old ramp in the park was removed by Warwick District Council in 2011 for safety reasons.

They secured a grant of £60,000 from the SUEZ Communities Trust – which supports community and environmental improvement projects – and Warwick District Council provided £50,000 towards the project.

Coun Dave Shilton, spokesman for neighbourhood services said: “This is a fantastic facility and shows what community groups can achieve.

“Thank you to SUEZ for providing the grant, thank you to all the skaters involved in the project and thank you to neighbourhood services staff in delivering this project.

“It shows what can be gained by working in partnership.”

The skate park was constructed by Canvas Spaces who designed the facility with the help of local skaters.

Alex Walker from Save Our Skatepark added: “I would like to thank all of those involved over the past five years in what has been a roller-coaster journey.

“When the ramp was taken away from Victoria Park in 2011, I took it on myself to try and find some form of replacement and set about creating a team that could work on providing a new facility. The group that was founded in 2012 was Save our Skatepark.

“Without these people nothing could have happened. They were all integral in galvanising the collective to fund raise and design the facility.”

Ripride Skateshop and Canvas Spaces will officially open the new skate park on Saturday (November 12) with prize giveaways and professional riders shredding the park.


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