A small groundbreaking ceremony has been held to mark the start of works on Melton’s new £300,000 skatepark project.
The old skatepark has already been dismantled to make way for the exciting new concrete facility which is expected to take up to 18 weeks to build.
Raman Selvon, of Melton Council, said: “I’m expecting it to be the best facility of its kind in the East Midlands and one of the best in the UK. We’re expecting huge demand for the new skatepark and that we’ll have people coming here from all over.
“The new skatepark will be an attraction for skaters of all ages and abilities. We want it to be challenging for more experienced users as well as being somewhere for beginners to learn. The Milk Skateshop has already started lessons and they want to develop that as part of their business.”
He added: “We will maintain our ongoing relationship with the Melton Skatepark Group which will want to hold events here. The skatepark users will also be involved in annual usage and satisfaction surveys as well as meetings in between.”
The main contractor involved in project is Jeakins Weir, with their specialist sub-contractors Maverick Industries playing a lead role in the skatepark’s design and build.
Site foreman Steve Foreman, of Maverick, said: “Design-wise I think it’s going to be one-of-a-kind for this region. It’s going to be quite unique, with more of a ‘street course, plaza-style’ design.”
Mr Selvon added: “We will have an opening ceremony of some kind and the plaques that were here will be put back up. Another idea we’re considering is having a logo competition for the new skatepark which would help to give the local young people some ownership over it. I think that would be quite nice.”