Could Clevedon skatepark upgrade cost £160,000?
PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 July 2017
An upgrade to Clevedon’s skatepark could cost as much as £160,000, according to an organiser responsible for Nailsea’s successful project.
Neil Wylie is one of the founding members of the Nailsea Skatepark Project which raised about £116,000 to refurbish the facility in Millennium Park and he has been speaking to Clevedon town councillors about achieving something similar on the Salthouse Fields.
Councillors invited Neil to give advice on the best way to progress the idea, and he suggested skatepark designers are likely to quote a higher price than Nailsea’s due to its increased size.
Neil said: “I used to work at the Clevedon YMCA for seven years. I was a youth worker so I saw the rise and fall of antisocial behaviour in the Triangle.
“The Clevedon skatepark is well-used at all times of the day.
“I have a dream, if Portishead get one and I know Long Ashton are investigating getting one, of having a North Somerset skate series. It is generational – we are not just investing in current young people.
“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.”
The idea for a revamped skatepark arose when young people in the town suggested they would prefer it over the council’s initial plan to install a youth shelter on the Salthouse Fields.
Jane Bird, general manager at the YMCA, believes the skatepark ‘desperately’ needs improvement and suggested she would be willing to help with the project.
She said: “Clevedon is in desperate need of an upgrade or extended skatepark.
“The YMCA would support this project as our young people use it often – it is a great way to make new friends and build confidence.
“This is the only exercise some young people get.
“Young people who come to the YMCA aged 11-16 mix well here and support each other – this is highly likely to work in the same principle.
“We could possibly apply for funding so we could do a few hours of detached work there on an evening or weekend.”
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