£300k sought for Clevedon's new skatepark and bike pump track
PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 December 2018
A Clevedon group is searching for around £300,000 to improve the town's seafront skatepark and to install a bike pump track.
Clevedon Skate Project hopes to build a competition-standard pump track on Salthouse Fields by the skatepark.
The campaign, which has recently applied for charity status, was originally launched to replace the skatepark with a new one for the town’s young people.
After months of hard work the trustees have announced plans to also raise £150,000 for a bike pump track to be built close-by to further ‘boost the attractiveness’ of Clevedon to locals and tourists.
Trustees Petra Mansour and Paul Redford told the Times the project has been given permission from North Somerset Council and Clevedon Town Council to build the track – which will be similar to a BMX track but suitable for bikes, rollerblades and skateboards.
The pair added: “The project has got a lot bigger in the past few months and we are hoping once it is complete it will increase business and tourism in Clevedon.
“When we have a pump track in place, the site will hopefully be big enough to host a range of events.”
The cost of the skatepark is likely to be in the region of £100,000-150,000 while the pump track will be between £80,000-150,000.
Paul and Petra added: “We want to aim higher so we can really improve the area.
“There is no point doing something below par because if we have a decent park and pump track then they will attract more people in and the project as a whole will be a boost for Clevedon and its residents.”
The addition of a pump track and new and improved skatepark will tie in with work being done around Salthouse Fields at the moment.
Recently the tennis courts have been redone and there are football pitches as well as a massive green available.
The trustees added: “Improving the skatepark will mean the whole area becomes much more attractive, and will bring people to Clevedon and boost regeneration in the area.”
As the project awaits confirmation of its charity status, information on donations can be found at www.clevedonskateproject.com which are being handled by the town council in the interim.