VIDEO: Youngsters leap at chance to try Bury St Edmunds’ new £250,000 skatepark

Bury St Edmunds’ new skate park opened its slopes last Sunday after its £250,000 rebuild.

With the old wooden skate park, built in the late 1990s, having reached its use-by date, St Edmundsbury Borough Council invested £150,000 in the Olding Road site.

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Skate board action ABCDE ANL-141205-133953009

The rest was raised through grants and last year’s SkateJam event, to finance a concrete facility that should last for 30 years.

It was another SkateJam which heralded the official opening by the mayor Terry Buckle, so once the ribbon was cut the BMX and skateboard aces put on an amazing show of their skills.

Cllr Robert Everitt, portfolio holder for communities at St Edmundsbury Borough Council said: “Sunday’s SkateJam was an awesome event.

“It marked the culmination of a project which saw our council work in collaboration with a group of fantastically enthusiastic young people, who influenced the designs and fund-raised £120,000 towards achieving them.

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“It was great to see so many people enjoying the skate park.

“The weather may have been a bit soggy but there were some brilliant BMX and superb skateboarding displays.

“I am sure that this skate park will be well used and looked after by the skate park community for decades to come.”