Bildeston opens new community skate park

New skatepark is opened in Bildeston by Andrew Guttridge, Chair of the Parish Council.
New skatepark is opened in Bildeston by Andrew Guttridge, Chair of the Parish Council.
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Bildeston officially opened its brand new skate park at the weekend.

The £45,000 project, which was put forward just 18 months ago, was opened on Saturday by Parish Council Chairman Andrew Guttridge.

New skatepark is opened in Bildeston by Andrew Guttridge, Chair of the Parish Council.

New skatepark is opened in Bildeston by Andrew Guttridge, Chair of the Parish Council.

Andrew said the park at the Coronation Playground, which has been in use since August, was a venture supported by the whole community.

He said: “When we did out parish plan survey in 2008 the 11 plus age group was identified as an area the village didn’t really have much for.

“A group of young people supported by their parents came forward last year and said what we really need is a skate park and formed a skate park group.

“The Parish Council helped out with the technical issues and the skate park group helped develop the plans for the park and helped raise funds.

“It is a great community project.

“What is really nice to see is that at the official opening some of the kids were already skating really well, they had only started last month when the park was completed.”

Jessica Holloway, from the skate park working party, a real driving force for the project, said there was an obvious need for the park in the village.

“The youngsters are so excited about it,” she said.

“It is about getting them outside and getting them doing physical activity - it is so important for them.

“We were really impressed by how the community and l0ocal businesses really gpot behind the projevt and supported us.

“This has been a really good experience and a fantastic community project.”

The project was funded by contributions from Suffolk County Council, Babergh District Council, the Cooperative Community Fund, Suffolk Foundation, The Catalyst Charitable Trust and local businesses Innovate 3 Ltd, SEH Property and Administration, Shadwell Estates, Taylor Made Joinery and the Thrift Shop in Hadleigh.