Stamford skatepark step closer to reality

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A COMMITTEE which is working on plans to create a new skatepark has reduced its fundraising target.

Stamford Skatepark committee was initially looking to raise £200,000 to install new concrete bowl shaped ramps at the town’s Recreation Ground.

Volunteers have lowered their fundraising target to about to £160,000 due to the economic situation and is looking at its design.

But the group is working on two grant applications for £50,000 from the Big Lottery Fund and £20,000 from the Thornhaugh Environmental Association.

The committee has raised about £66,000 thanks to a host of events and donations, including £2,000 from the Rotary Club of Stamford Burghley.

If the grant applications are successful, youngsters could be much closer to having a new skatepark.

Teenagers have been without a skatepark since 2008 when the previous wooden ramps were ripped down by South Kesteven District Council because they were unsafe.

Secretary Sally Jordan said that the committee has lowered its fundraising target.

She said: “It is down to the financial situation. Two or three years ago there were far more grants available than now.

“We want to do something that is achievable in the short term, we don’t want to be fundraising for 20 years.

“We want to do something. We want to provide a new facility.

“We are not shortchanging the users.

“If we stick with £200,000, we could be fundraising for another five or six years.

“The prices are coming down as skatepark companies realise that people can’t afford what they could a few years ago.”

The committee is now asking skaters what basic requirements are needed in the skatepark.

Mrs Jordan said that simple skatepark designs with fewer features are proving popular with skaters nationally and wants to hear the views of Stamford youngsters.

The committee has also thanked Rotarians for the donation.

Youngsters and committee members have also raised £500 with a bag pack at Morrisons supermarket.

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