£23,000 refurbishment of Hitchin skate park to take place

Hitchin skate park

Hitchin skate park - Credit: Archant

Members of the public have been consulted on the proposals for a £23,000 refurbishment to a skate park in a town.

North Herts District Council (NHDC) and Groundwork Hertfordshire has put forward three proposals for a new and improved skate park at the King George V playing fields in Hitchin.

The consultation, which was held on Tuesday evening at the Purwell youth club, attracted members from skating clubs from around the area.

Cllr Jane Gray, NHDC’s portfolio holder for leisure, said: “The improvements to the skate park at King George V playing fields in Hitchin form part of our five-year Green Space Management Strategy.

“With a budget of £23,500 we have been working with our architects Groundwork Hertfordshire and now have three proposals from steel skate ramp providers. Following last night’s consultation with interested users, a preferred option will be chosen, and it is envisaged that the project will be completed later this summer.”

Dean Young, landscape architect for Groundwork Hertfordshire, said: “We are working with NHDC to add some extra ramps and make some improvements to the skate park. We consulted through social media and already there seems to be a real winner out of the three, which people seem to be drawn to.”

The next step will be for Groundwork Hertfordshire to collate the results from the consultation and go back to the company who will be constructing the skate equipment.

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“We had some really positive feedback from users but also some good suggestions, so we now have to go back to the company to slightly tweak the design. Once that is done they will make the equipment off site and hopefully have it in place by the end of the school summer holidays,” said Mr Young.

The skate park will be closed for three days while the work is completed.