Skatepark project on track

PUBLISHED: 14:00 24 February 2015

Appeal for funds for new skate park.

Appeal for funds for new skate park.

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SKATEBOARDING fans have planned a series of events this year to raise money for a new facility in Nailsea.

Nailsea Skatepark Project launched an appeal in September to raise £150,000 to replace the ailing park with a purpose-built concrete arena at Millennium Park.

Thanks to a number of generous donations from Nailsea Town Council, Holy Trinity and Trendlewood Church, Nailsea Community Trust and COIN, the group has raised £65,000 towards its target so far.

Members hope to reach the final amount by the end of the year, so plans can be drawn up and work can be completed in time for Nailsea Skatepark Festival in the summer of 2016.

Festival organiser Phil Williams said: “The project team has been amazed at the response from organisations and individuals alike, who are keen to see this park redeveloped and a long-term legacy provided for Nailsea and surrounding communities in the form of a quality concrete skatepark.

“The dream would be that we fundraise throughout this year and ideally open the redesigned facility in time for the 2016 community skatepark festival. So much still needs to be done, but we are really encouraged as a team with progress so far.”

Members of the project will be at Nailsea Community Market in Somerset Square on Saturday to talk to people about the appeal.

Leaders have also set up a fundraising page at www.goldengiving.com to enable people to donate to the cause or supporters can send cheques to Nailsea Town Council - made payable to the authority.

Joe Williams, who regularly uses the park, has also decided to run his first ever half marathon in aid of the cause in April.

Project leaders are keen to hear from anyone who can help to raise money for the cause. To get involved email Neil Wylie at neilwylie@hotmail.co.uk


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