Stamford skaters keen to get started at new park

Committee members at the new Stamford Skatepark - from left, back, John Judge, Jane Roberts, Jeremy Ball and Marc Stanier'Photo: MSMP261013-221js
Committee members at the new Stamford Skatepark - from left, back, John Judge, Jane Roberts, Jeremy Ball and Marc Stanier'Photo: MSMP261013-221js
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A new £150,000 skatepark is almost ready to open after getting the stamp of approval from youngsters at three successful test sessions.

The concrete park has finally been laid on the Recreation Ground in Stamford after years of fundraising and campaigning.

The skatepark is not yet open to the public as the fencing and CCTV have not been fully installed.

But Stamford Town Council, which owns the park, allowed the skatepark committee to hold three test sessions in order to get feedback from the town’s youngsters.

Committee chairman Marc Stanier said: “We predominantly wanted to check the finish of the surface. It looked good but we wanted to know how it skated and see what the general design was like.

“The angles, lengths and distances were spot on and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. We had bikers, skateboarders, roller bladers and scooter riders and there were no complaints.”

The town council was required to install fencing around the park and CCTV cameras as a condition of planning permission. South Kesteven District Council officers wanted to make sure they did as much as they could to reduce noise following threats of legal action from residents living nearby.

The park will also have strict opening times.

The skatepark committee had to raise extra funds to cover the cost. But the fencing is almost complete and the CCTV should be live by the end of next week.

Marc is confident users will not cause any trouble once the skatepark is open. He said: “After the test session they all left on time, which was great, although they were all very keen to get back on it.

“They were all asking questions about the fence but they all realised why it was there.

“The message is getting through, which is very encouraging.”

Marc was reluctant to give an opening date but said the park should be ready in the next couple of weeks.

The park will have little fanfare when it does open, but Marc hopes to organise a big celebration event next year.