Team formed to progress Clevedon skatepark improvement plan
PUBLISHED: 07:00 02 February 2018
A meeting to discuss the future of Clevedon’s 15-year-old skatepark will be held next week.
Early discussions about possible improvements to the Salthouse Fields site began last year but now a group of organisations are coming together to develop ideas and raise funds for the project.
Members from the town council, YMCA and The Barn are all involved with more users being urged to attend to show their interest and share their thoughts.
A spokesman said: “The skatepark originally built by Clevedon Town Council following public representations was built in 2003-4 to the design and style prevalent at that time of plywood and metal plate.
“Tide, time and skate and wheel park designs move on and in recent years it has become clear the Salthouse Fields skate and wheel park needs more than some basic TLC.
“There will be a public meeting on Monday night in the council office open to all residents, skateboarders, scooter enthusiasts or those who just enjoy watching the skills displayed on the ramps to come along and get this project going.”
The idea for an improved skatepark came after young people in the town indicated it as a preference over an initial proposal to install a youth shelter on the Salthouse Fields.
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One of the organisers of Nailsea’s successful skatepark project was invited to offer advice on the best way to progress the project.
Neil Wylie was one of the founding members of the Nailsea Skatepark Project which raised about £116,000 to refurbish the facility in Millennium Park, but warned the cost for Clevedon could be as much as £160,000 due to the size of the area.
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He said: “The Clevedon skatepark is well-used at all times of the day.
“Looking at the site I would say they will give a quote of £150-160,000 because Clevedon has got an extra quarter to what Nailsea has got.”
Similar skatepark campaigns are being organised throughout North Somerset with almost 1,500 people signing a petition for one in Portishead while plans are also being developed for one in Long Ashton.
The Clevedon skatepark meeting will take place at the town council offices in Old Street at 7.30pm on Monday.