Skaters ramp up fundraising for new park

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Enthusiastic youngsters are ramping up their efforts to make a big final push for funding towards a new Melton Skatepark.

Thanks to various fundraising events the Melton Skatepark Committee has already raised about £8,000 towards the project to build a new concrete facility in Play Close.

And now the young people spearheading the campaign have set themselves a deadline of the end of March to make a final big fundraising push.

Melton Council has already set aside up to £300,000 towards the new skatepark, with other sources of funding also being explored.

Rob Baker, co-chairman of the Melton Mowbray Skatepark Committee, said a meeting as set to be held with the council later this month to discuss the project costs.

And over the next few months meetings will be held with the chosen skatepark designers to put together the final design, with the hope that building work can start later this year.

He said: “We’ll continue fundraising right up until the deadline. We’d like to thank everyone who has helped us, of all ages, but the more we’re able to raise the more likely it is that we’ll be able to have the best skatepark possible.

“We have a couple of fundraising events planned before the deadline. The next one is a cake sale on Saturday, February 28 which will be held as part of councillor Pam Posnett’s Saturday market stall from 10am. Any volunteers to either help on the day or bake some cakes would be greatly appreciated so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.”

Rob said the current skatepark, which was officially opened in July 2007, was very popular and he felt the main reason it had fallen into disrepair was its over-use.

He said: “When it was built maybe no-one realised how busy it would be. We’ve always spoken about the new skatepark being open this summer which would be fantastic.”

Mrs Posnett, Melton Council’s lead member for young people, said: “These young people are well worth supporting. They’ve shown such commitment and the brilliant thing is that those involved in raising money for the current skatepark 10 years ago are back doing the same thing for the new one.”