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Uppingham gets £75,000 for skatepark and outdoor gym

Uppingham mayor David Ainslie and Joshua-Lee Perkins at the Uppingham skatepark EMN-140827-115333001

Uppingham mayor David Ainslie and Joshua-Lee Perkins at the Uppingham skatepark EMN-140827-115333001

A council has secured almost £75,000 to build a new, more durable skatepark and install fitness equipment for adults in a park.

Waste Recycling Environmental Limited, known as Wren, approved a bid by Uppingham Town Council for improvements to Tod’s Piece.

The council wants to replace the old wooden skate ramps with a more permanent concrete structure.

Councillors also hope to install outdoor fitness equipment for adults to give the whole community a reason to visit the park.

Town mayor Dave Ainslie thanked town clerk Susan Awcock for her hard work securing the funding. He added: “It’s fantastic news.

“The old ramps are very well used by youngsters. They love it. But they aren’t very durable. We had to spend £2,000 recently just improving the ramps to keep them safe.

“The ramps are coming to the end of their useful life.”

The council will meet next month to discuss the next steps. Talks will be held with several skatepark designers and some of the skaters from the town.

Coun Ainslie said: “A key thing is to ask the kids what they want. They have been very supportive.”

The adult fitness equipment is designed to increase the appeal of Tod’s Piece. It will fit in alongside the young children’s play area, equipment for older children, the skatepark and sensory garden.

“It’s very important to us to try to integrate a community in Uppingham,” said Coun Ainslie.

“The idea is to have things in that area for all people. We want to offer something for all sections of the community in that area.”

Uppingham skatepark opened in May 2005 during Market Town Action Week. Some residents opposed the park, raising concerns about vandalism and litter, but town councillors voted in favour of it.

 

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