Letchworth’s new £140,000 skate park unveiled

PUBLISHED: 10:04 29 August 2017 | UPDATED: 10:04 29 August 2017

Councillors Mike Rice, Lynda Needham, Alan Millard, Jane Gray and Ian Mantle with kids at the opening of the new Letchworth skate park. Picture: NHDC

Councillors Mike Rice, Lynda Needham, Alan Millard, Jane Gray and Ian Mantle with kids at the opening of the new Letchworth skate park. Picture: NHDC

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Bikers and skateboarders were queueing to test out Letchworth’s brand-new £140,000 skate park when it was formally opened on Friday.

Enjoying the new skate park at Norton Common in Letchworth. Picture: NHDC Enjoying the new skate park at Norton Common in Letchworth. Picture: NHDC

The park at Norton Common was revamped by community charity Groundwork Hertfordshire and North Herts District Council, and now caters for skateboarders of all ages and abilities.

Representatives from Groundwork held a series of meetings with a number of young skaters and BMX riders who use the park so they could provide a direct input into the new design for the park.

The new park is described as a dramatic improvement on the previous facilities. Skateboarders can now hone their skills on a range of ramps, ledges and banks, as well as a new “bowl” section and a “street” section – all constructed with super-smooth concrete.

Along with representatives from Groundwork, the park was opened by district council leader Councillor Lynda Needham and executive member for leisure Councillor Jane Gray.

Councillors Mike Rice, Lynda Needham, Alan Millard and Jane Gray at the opening of the new Letchworth skate park. Picture: NHDC Councillors Mike Rice, Lynda Needham, Alan Millard and Jane Gray at the opening of the new Letchworth skate park. Picture: NHDC

Opening the new skate park, Ms Gray said: “It’s amazing to see the skate park in action.

“This new facility will provide high-quality skate experiences for people all ages and abilities, and we hope that it will help contribute towards encouraging active and healthy lifestyles.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has supported this project – including those who participated in the consultations, as their ideas were instrumental in the final result.”

Groundwork Hertfordshire landscape architect Nicola Murphy added: “We would like to thank everyone who gave their time to input their thoughts into the design of the skate park.

Enjoying the new skate park at Norton Common in Letchworth. Picture: NHDC Enjoying the new skate park at Norton Common in Letchworth. Picture: NHDC

“They have helped guide us to providing this great new facility that can be used by all abilities – whether you are just starting off or an experienced rider.”

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