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Work begins on £250,000 skatepark rejuvenation

Ground breaking ceremony with members of Bury Skatepark Experience, supporters and contractors.

Ground breaking ceremony with members of Bury Skatepark Experience, supporters and contractors.

Work has started on an exciting £250,000 revamp of a Bury St Edmunds skatepark.

On Monday, the official ground breaking service took place at the park on Olding Road, as fencing around the project was already being put up.

Fundraising group Bury Skatepark Experience raised the cash with generous donations including money from the Town Council, Borough council, Havebury Housing Partnership, Biffa Award and money raised by the skateboarders themselves.

Elle Zwandahl, Chairman of the group, said: “Everybody has been really active for the past two years in fundraising and we have now reached the stage where we can build it.

“The young people have been integral to the project and to the design of the park itself .

“A skate park is such a useful resource for young people.”

The skatepark was originally built in 1997 but its timber construction meant it had seen better days.

The idea is to rebuild the existing ramps with concrete .

Skateboarder Toby Mills, 15, said: “It’s really exciting.

“It is great that people are supporting this project.”

 

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