Work on building a new concrete skatepark in Bury St Edmunds is set to start in just over a week after councilors gave final approval.
The £240,000 project to replace old crumbling wooden ramps installed 14 years ago, was approved by St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s development control committee on Thurdsday (3).
Wheelscape the designers of the new skatepark are due to start on site in Olding Road on Monday week (21).
The borough council has given a £150,000 grant toward the project.
The old skatepark was costing the council £6,000 a year to maintain but the new skatepark is designed to be more durable and to last about 30 years.
Meanwhile the rest of the money towards the new skateparkhas been raised by the Bury Skatepark experience, a committee of skatepark users who have secured grants from various bodies including the town council.
Cllr Robert Everitt, speaking at Thursday’s meeting said: “I commend them for raising half of the money required to build this formidable skate park on the site.”.
Wheelscape have said the new skatepark will be twice as big, will include a bowl feature, and will be about four times as complex as the old skate park.
The construction will take just 12 weeks meaning the new skatepark should open early next year with an official launch in the spring.
But Simon Pickering, the council’s youth and community development officer, said plans to give the old skatepark a send off with a final Skate Jam event, have now been scrapped.
“Sadly we had to cancel the farewell Jam as a large section of the park had to be demolished at the end of September because it was no longer safe to be used or financially worth repairing,” he said.
Jay Mills who runs skate shop Hardcore Hobbies in Risbygate Street, and who is on the Skatepark committee, said he is pleased work is about to start.
“It is fantastic,” he said. “The skatepark has been well used and in my mind we have got the best skatepark designers in the UK.
“This will take it up another level, and put Bury back on the map.
“You are going to see people doing road trips from all over the UK to visit this new skatepark. It’s great.”