Young people of Melton are getting an early Christmas present - with news that the town’s exciting new £318,000 skatepark is set to open ahead of schedule.
Construction works on the state-of-the-art concrete facility in Priors Close, next to Play Close Park, were due to finish this week, earlier than originally announced.
Officials from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents were due to inspect it yesterday, with the facility opening for public use as soon as security fencing is removed - just in time for youngsters breaking up for the school Christmas holidays.
The skatepark has been built to attract wheeled sports users of all ages. The design includes features for skateboarders, roller skaters, bmxers and scooter enthusiasts.
The skatepark features both beginner sections as well as ‘expert only’ structures, providing challenges for all.
An official opening ceremony is being planned to be held in May, with a skate ‘jam’, live music and a barbecue among the possibilities.
Raman Selvon, Melton Council’s waste and environmental maintenance manager, said: “In 2014 the council had to remove the old steel skatepark as it was rapidly deteriorating and council members decided to fund the creation of a brand new contemporary skatepark.
“The people of Melton will soon be able to enjoy a skatepark that will be among the UK’s best.”
He added: “The new skatepark won’t be locked and there are no actual opening times. However, as has always been the case, it’s expected people will use it with due consideration to the park’s neighbours and other park users.”
Melton Council’s youth champion Pam Posnett said: “As council members we felt it was important to support the building of a new skatepark as we know how popular it is. “We’re sure this fabulous new skatepark will attract people from all over the East Midlands and further afield, adding yet another reason to visit our vibrant town.”
Young people in Melton raised thousands of pounds towards its cost, with members of the Melton Skate Park Group holding their own fundraising events as well as helping to attract funding for the project. They also had an input into the eventual design.
Group member Rob Baker, who also owns Milk Skateshop on Leicester Street, said: “Everyone is really excited and really happy with how it looks. I’m sure it’s going to be very busy.”
Contractors Jeakins Weir and specialist skatepark builders Maverick Industries were also involved in the project.
For more information see the Melton Mowbray Skatepark Facebook page at www.facebook.com/meltonmowbrayskatepark/?fref=ts
Any local businesses or individuals who would like to get involved in next year’s official opening event can email Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org