Funds reach £100,000 to revamp skatepark in Stamford

SKATERS and residents will be able to comment on plans for a new skatepark at a public meeting next month.

Stamford Skatepark committee is inviting teenagers and adults to attend the public meeting on Wednesday, September 21, to find out more about the project’s current position.

The committee is hoping to build a sunken concrete-bowl shaped structure on the Recreation Ground, Stamford.

Members have been fundraising for more than three years to replace the wooden ramps which were torn down in May, 2008, due to safety concerns.

The committee has now raised enough money to start work on building the ramps. Members have £100,000, raised by grants and fundraising events, and are also waiting for the result of a £50,000 Big Lottery grant application.

The committee will be giving a presentation on where the plans currently stand and to give people a chance to have their say.

The committee has recently put around a leaflet explaining its plans and the project’s history after objections were raised with Stamford Town Council about the size of the project.

Secretary Sally Jordan is calling on people to attend the meeting to find out more.

She said: “We will give a presentation on where we are at the moment and will show people roughly the type of design we are going to have.

“The new skatepark is not going to be bigger than the current footprint.

“I would definitely encourage people to come.

“We are pleased to get this far. We have been amazed by the support of people so far.

“It is nice to reach this stage and we want the young people to know that we are going to do our absolute best to build the skatepark.

“But we need their support if it is going to be a success.”

Anyone who would like to support or express concerns is asked to contact chairman, Marc Stanier, on 07739 040 248 or e-mail at stamfordsk8park@yahoo.co.uk