Have a say on Stamford skatepark plan

Design proposal for the new skatepark on the Recreation Ground
Design proposal for the new skatepark on the Recreation Ground
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This is the new and long awaited design proposed for the replacement of the skatepark on the Recreation Ground in Stamford.

The park, suitable for skateboarders, BMXers and roller bladers has been designed by the UK’s leading concrete skatepark company, Maverick Industries, who will also be responsible for constructing the facility.

Stamford Skatepark Committee chairman Marc Stanier said: “It has been a long and frustrating road but now we have got to the planning permission stage we are very pleased and excited.”

“The skatepark is important because the primary user group is eight to 30-year-olds with the majority being teenagers, who generally feel that there is very little for them to do in the town.

“Every age apart from teenagers are catered for on the Recreation Ground; the park for the younger children the bowls for the older generation but apart from team sports not much for teenagers. I think the skatepark sits nicely with creating public cohesion of the town.

“It is also always good to get young people outside, being active and being healthy.”

The original wooden skatepark was very popular, attracting up to 60 skaters a day. It was taken down in May 2008 following safety concerns after the wooden ramps became rotten following seven years of hard wear.

The Stamford Skatepark Committee, responsible for seeing through the new project, ensured Maverick was aware of the need for a skatepark that created as little noise as possible, as well as having minimal visual impact on the Recreation Ground.

While appearing large on the visuals, it will cover the same area as the old wooden ramps.

The new plan has been designed with close links to users and local community groups.

To ensure the safety and security of the users and deter anti-social behaviour, the new park will be covered by CCTV and have a system of controlled lighting which can be set to automatically turned on and off.

Once the park is built it will be managed by Stamford Town Council, which owns the Recreation Ground. The council submitted the planning application on behalf of the skatepark committee.

The application can be viewed on the SKDC website, where everyone can post comments by going to www.southkesteven.gov.uk and searching for application S12/0193.