Clevedon shows support for skatepark upgrade

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 February 2018

Clevedon skatepark

Clevedon skatepark

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Dozens of parents, young people and councillors have come out in force to kick-start a campaign for a new skatepark in Clevedon.

Early discussions have taken place about the best way to upgrade the 15-year-old site at the Salthouse Fields.

Many of the ramps have become unsafe with some metal foundations rusting and coverings coming loose from their wooden bases.

It is estimated any new skatepark could potentially cost up to £150,000, although Clevedon Town Council already has a starting amount of around £26,000.

A promotional event is being planned at the skatepark on March 10 and users are being asked to come up with a logo design to be used throughout the campaign.

Councillor Chris Blades says the original skatepark project, known as Skate On, inspired him to join the town council but admits any revamp will prove ‘challenging.’

Inspiration is being drawn from the Nailsea Skatepark Project which raised £116,000 in 20 months to create a facility in Millennium Park in 2016.

Cllr Blades said: “There are a lot of problems with Clevedon’s skatepark.

“If you look at what happened in Nailsea, that is quite incredible I think.

“It just sort of goes to show that with a will there is a way, but this is going to be a challenge.”

A skatepark steering group and fundraising team have been formed while people are also being asked to put their names down to become a friend of the skatepark to help with promotion.

Proposals for an upgraded skatepark first emerged last year when young people suggested they would prefer money to be spent on it after town councillors agreed funding for a youth shelter on the seafront.

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Elsewhere in the district, discussions are taking place over a skatepark in Portishead where a group of volunteers have earmarked four possible locations for the site.

Plans are also being drawn up for a similar project in Long Ashton.

The event at Clevedon skatepark will be held from 10am to noon.

Logo ideas for the campaign can be handed in to the council offices in Old Street or emailed to office@clevedon.gov.uk

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