Long-Awaited Skatepark Opens in Eastwood

Long-Awaited Skatepark Opens in Eastwood

03/06/2016 - A new £250,000 skatepark was officially opened in Eastwood yesterday after funding was raised in a partnership initiative between Broxtowe Borough Council and Nottinghamshire County Council, as well as local people and groups.

Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Graham Harvey joined Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, Yvonne Woodhead and Mayor of Eastwood and County Councillor, Councillor Keith Longdon to officially open the skatepark and BMX Bowl at Coronation Park.

Competitions ran throughout the afternoon with a range of prizes on offer and there was also professional displays from Extreme Wheels BMX team.

The project is one of the largest in Nottinghamshire and is likely to draw visitors in to Eastwood from surrounding areas. Nottinghamshire County Council has provided substantial funding towards the project, with a £30k contribution from Broxtowe Borough Council and an additional £75k from external grants from Waste Recycling Environmental.

Two local teenagers, Rhianne Lounds and Beth Lee began fundraising five years ago, when they were aged 13, for the new skatepark and raised the initial funding which started the process and helped attract additional external funding.

Delivery of the scheme has been managed by Nottinghamshire County Council with local contractor CF Construction undertaking the work.

Chair of the Leisure, Parks and Cemeteries Committee, Councillor Shane Easom said:

"Broxtowe Borough Council is incredibly proud to have been involved in this project which will provide a great leisure facility for young people in Eastwood and the surrounding areas. Rhianne and Beth should be very proud of themselves and we hope the skatepark will be a popular place for young people for generations to come."

County Councillor for Eastwood, Councillor Keith Longdon said:

"People want kids to have something to do and a place to go where they can be safe. This new skate park is bigger and better than the old one and also safer for them to use. I'd go as far as to say this is the best skate park in the county."

Councillor Jim Creamer, Chairman of the County Council's Environment and Sustainability Committee said:

"The County Council's Supporting Local Communities fund, which contributed towards the cost of the new skate park, is an exciting opportunity for local people to make a real difference in their community. "This new park for Eastwood will, I'm sure, be a welcome addition to facilities for young people locally and I'm delighted that it is finally completed and open for business."

Cheryl Raynor, WREN's grant manager for Nottinghamshire, said:

"It's wonderful to see something we have funded finally open and ready to make such a difference to youngsters across the area.  WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and this is a great example of what can be achieved."

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