Excitement is mounting over progress to the new Bury St Edmunds skatepark, due to be complete in just three weeks’ time.
Simon Pickering, youth and community development officer at St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said the project in Olding Way had been helped by a mild winter and was on track to be completed by May 2.
He said: “We’ve been really lucky for the time of year because you can’t get concrete out of the plants if the outside temperature is less than two degrees. If we’d had minus temperatures, that would have put things really behind.”
He added: “We’re really pleased with it. We’ve been on site quite a lot and, most days, there’s some young people looking through the fence, so the anticipation is really interesting.”
The new Wheelscape-designed park, which has seen concrete replace the previous wooden structure, will include a highly-anticipated bowl feature and a larger, more complex street course.
An ‘opening jam’ is being held from noon until 6pm on Sunday May 11. The free event, expected to attract hundreds more users than the annual jam, will feature djs, refreshments and displays of the park’s 15-year history.
“It’s going to be really big – we’re expecting about 1,000 people so it’s going to be really packed,” said Mr Pickering.
Skatepark user Paul Jackson said he was ‘ecstatic’ about the park opening.
He said: “It’s been five years in the making. Five years of meetings, talks with the council and fund-raising, and to come to the point where we are weeks away from where we can use it is very exciting. I can’t wait.”