A £125,000 skate park opens in Stevenage
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A new £125,000 skate park was officially opened on Saturday, following a petition signed by more than 500 people.
The skate park at Hampson Park in Stevenage was declared open by deputy mayor John Lloyd, with skaters immediately putting the facility to good use.
With only one skate park in town - at the Bowes Lyon Centre on St George’s Way - a petition had been mounted asking for another facility.
Skaters in the area picked the design out of a choice of three and the new facility, built by Wheelscape, includes a 1.2m-high mini ramp section, quarter pipes, and a waterfall into open bowl section.
Alice Biucchi, of Grove Road in Stevenage, called herself an “older Stevenage resident” and said: “It’s been a long time coming, but what a joy to see so many youngsters enjoying the new skate park.
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“All that exercise while they have so much fun. Just great - or should I say awesome?”
People have also taken to social networking site Facebook to express their delight at the new facility.
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Nick Murray said: “Awesome to have a new skate park in Stevenage” and Peter Good added: “This is already being used by many. I would think this is going to be very popular for many years to come.”
The project has been funded by the New Homes Bonus Scheme - a Government grant given to Stevenage Borough Council for successful housing delivery.