Meetings set with three firms over Bourne skatepark plans

Proposed designs for Dimension Skatepark in Bourne. Design by Wheelscape, photo Helen Willcock. EMN-140819-110009001
Proposed designs for Dimension Skatepark in Bourne. Design by Wheelscape, photo Helen Willcock. EMN-140819-110009001

Skaters have been invited to meetings with three firms who have submitted designs for a new skatepark in Bourne.

At the end of June the Dimension Skatepark committee sent invitations to tender for the proposed park on the Abbey Lawns to six skatepark companies.

Three have so far come back with positive responses, so the committee has arranged for each to visit the town and speak to potential users. The park will be designed for skateboarders, BMXers, inline skaters and scooter riders.

The meetings will take place in the function room at The Nag’s Head at 6pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

A statement posted on the Dimension Skatepark Facebook page said: “This is the chance for the users of a Bourne skatepark to make sure it has the features they would like. So please turn up and have your say.

“It is also important that you turn up to all three sessions so that we give the skatepark designers a consistent message about the design.”

Jonathan Budd, who is part of the committee, added: “The aim is to talk to the designers and get their ideas, and hopefully come up with the best skatepark for Bourne.

“The next stage in this, once we have chosen the final company, is to work with them to get to the planning stage.

“It’s slow progress, but we are moving forward.”

Three events have been set up on the page at www.facebook.com/BourneDimensionSkatepark. Those who would like to attend are asked to indicate as much on each of the event pages.

The committee has been working to bring a skatepark to Bourne for several years. Earlier this year they spoke to hundreds of youngsters to find out what they wanted from a skatepark.

A survey of 752 school pupils showed more than 80 per cent were in favour, and the Facebook group has almost 400 likes.

Some objections to the skatepark have been raised, particularly from its potential neighbours. Bourne Town FC has also raised concerns. The committee has spoken to nearby residents and has added acoustic shielding to its plan.

The committee believes the park will cost between £150,000 and £200,000 to build.

Mr Budd said it was important to note that the skatepark was not just for skateboarders. The committee does not expect work to start until at least next year, should planning permission be granted.

If you would like to help the committee, visit www.dimensionskatepark.org.uk.