New skate park opens for action youngsters

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SKATERS were jumping, flipping and spinning for joy this week as a new skate park opened in Stowmarket.

The skate park makes up part of a £200,000 project to transform and update the town recreation ground.

The improvements, initiated by Stowmarket Town Council, include a play area, a ball park, a youth shelter and a CCTV system. The majority of the funding for the improvements came from grants, including Lottery funding, with Mid Suffolk District Council and Stowmarket Town Council putting up £30,000 each.

John Howlett, 18, from the Skaters of Stow group, said: “After six years it is a real accomplishment for it to finally be here. It’s really nice and it has by far lived up to our expectations.”

The skate park will be opened officially on May 31 as part of the Stowmarket Festival celebrations and is set to feature an appearance by professional skaters.

Stowmarket Town Council now hopes to transform the old toilet block into a cafe with newly refurbished public toilets, and is seeking a partner to give the building a new lease of life.

David Blackburn, town clerk, said: “There will soon be some excellent play facilities at our recreation ground but we believe there is also a real opportunity here for an enterprising firm or individual to transform the building and provide a cafe for thousands of people that use the recreation ground each year. It is already a popular place in the town for people to visit and I’m sure that the new play facilities on site will attract even more people.”

For more information call 01449 776393 or 776394.