Children and young people in Ripon intent on mastering a 360, grind, kickflip, nose grab or McTwist, will soon have a new purpose built skatepark in which to perform their ‘rad’ tricks.
Harrogate Borough Council, working in partnership with Ripon City Council and Ripon Bike Park Project, are intending to rebuild the existing skatepark, which is located behind Ripon Leisure Centre, on Dallamires Lane.
The decision to renovate the site was made due to the condition of the current skatepark. The new concrete facility will be double in size, providing increased space for skateboarders, scooter riders, skaters and BMX cyclists in a safe location.
The two councils have committed £20,000 each for this new skatepark, while Ripon Bike Park Project have pledged to raise £110,000 towards the £150,000 cost of construction. Ripon Bike Park Project have been hard at work with their fundraising, having raised £6,000 to date by holding a variety of events including bag packing at Morrisons supermarket, race nights, a Christmas party, Christmas raffle and quiz nights. Grant money is also being applied for and Ripon Bike Park Project are well on their way to reaching their target.
The project planning for the new skatepark will be managed by Harrogate Borough Council. The planning application will be submitted shortly and it is envisaged that the skatepark will open later this year,
A public consultation will be held on Saturday 1 February 2014 between 12pm and 3pm at Ripon Leisure Centre and will provide the opportunity for local residents and those interested in the project to view the plans, ask any questions and discuss the proposals.
Councillor Pat Jones, the council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Sports said: It is a real credit to the members of the Ripon Bike Park Project, who have committed themselves to helping raise the funds towards a skatepark that will benefit many young people within the community.
The current skatepark has proven to be a real hit and we are pleased to be involved with creating an improved facility which will benefit even more people – plans for which will be unveiled at the consultation on 1st February.
Frances Fraser from Ripon Bike Park Project said: We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped us along our way to making our dream a reality.
The young people of Ripon have worked really hard fundraising and deserve a great facility where it is safe to enjoy a sport they love. It will be fantastic when the young people can benefit from all their hard work.
We are looking forward to meeting local residents at the consultation where we can answer any questions you may have.