A broken skatepark is set to be transformed into a new facility thanks to the hard work of volunteers and a grant of £125,000 from Rushcliffe Borough Council.
Radcliffe-on-Trent Skatepark Committee is working with Radcliffe-on-Trent Parish Council to raise £250,000 to improve the current dilapidated wooden structure, which has been repaired, added-to, and redesigned since it was built in 1997, but is no longer fit for purpose.
The group’s plan is to replace the present skate park with a bespoke, state of the art concrete facility, and with the help of Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire, is now applying for other grants and organising fund raising events.
The £125,000 grant from the Council has been made from its £500,000 skate park improvement fund, which provides up to 50% of a total project cost up to a maximum of £150,000.
This fund is available until March 2021 and can be used to support the other skateparks within the Borough and the Council is currently developing proposals for The Hook skatepark in West Bridgford.
Cllr Debbie Mason, Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Deputy Leader, said: “We support projects of this nature wherever possible so once work is complete it can be enjoyed by hundreds of local families and young people in the coming years.
“We are very pleased to have worked with the volunteers of the Skatepark Committee and the Parish Council to deliver funding for a real community asset. Their commitment to the project and what it means to local residents really shone through.”
Rosie Hunnam from Radcliffe-on-Trent Skatepark Committee said: “The skatepark has been here for 21 years and this transition we hope will mean it can continue to be a central part of Rushcliffe’s leisure facilities for a further 21 years!
“We would especially like to thank the Council Leader, Cllr Simon Robinson. He and other Cabinet members were integral in making this happen. We are extremely grateful of their support and belief in this project and its importance for our local community.
”We are extremely grateful and appreciative of their support and belief in this project and its importance for our local community. this happen. We are extremely grateful and appreciative of their support and belief in this project and its importance for our local community.
Radcliffe-on-Trent Parish Councillor Alice Tomlinson added: “This could be the starting pot of money for Radcliffe Skatepark and the Parish Council to apply for further grants to create a flagship concrete Skatepark in Radcliffe.
“It is a great example of the community and councils working together with such a positive outcome. Well done everyone and particularly to the residents of the village whose collective voice made this successful application possible.”
There will be an opportunity to contribute to the designs for the new skatepark at a community engagement event on Saturday March 3 at the Grange Hall in Radcliffe-on-Trent from 10am-4pm.