Youngsters who helped fund a £250,000 revamp of a Bury St Edmunds skate park are hoping to bring in more cash for the next phase of development.
The town’s skate boarding community raised £100,000 and helped choose the equipment and layout of the new park, in Olding Road, while St Edmundsbury Borough Council provided the remaining £150,000.
To celebrate the first anniversary of the revamp, they have organised a skate jam and live music ‘Skate Rock and BMX Pop 2’ on May 22 to raise £10,000 to upgrade the park’s lighting.
Elle Zwandahl, chairman of the Bury Skate Park Experience which was set up to raise money for the new facility through grant applications and fund-raising, said: “This is the evolution of the Bury skate park. A year has rolled by and the skate park is ever popular, promoting healthy lifestyle, exercise, and fresh air. It is part of the rich heritage of Bury.
“Now the youngsters are taking ownership and are raising funds for further improvements that will only enhance their ability to use this brilliant facility.”
Sean Butler, a trustee of the Bury Skate Park Experience, hailed the park as ‘one of the most important youth facilities’ in the town.
He said: “It’s great to see young people taking hold of what they have and wanting to improve it. Everyone is looking forward to what is sure to be a very entertaining event and excited for others in the future.”
Simon Pickering, youth and community development officer at the council, was also involved in the skate park project.
He said the site has ‘continued to be popular with the ever growing skate boarding community’ and the improved lighting will allow them to use it for longer as well as during dark winter nights.
Skate Rock and BMX Pop 2 is from 7pm to 11pm at the skate park.
Entry costs £4.