Skateboarders and riders prepare for opening of concrete skate park in Bury St Edmunds

Preparing for launch of skate-park ANL-140805-110456001
Preparing for launch of skate-park ANL-140805-110456001
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More than 2,000 skateboarders and BMX riders will roll up for the official opening of a new £250,000 concrete skate park in Bury St Edmunds.

Skate Jam will launch the revamped facility, in Olding Road, on Sunday, replacing the old wooden site which had outlived its life-span.

It includes a large bowl section, street course and an adjoining BMX track.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council ploughed £150,000 into the project with the rest raised by the skate-boarding community, who were able to select the designs for the scheme.

Elle Zwandahl, chairman of charity Bury Skate Park Experience, who was involved in the building of the original skate park in the late 1990s, said: “It is just fabulous, everybody is buzzing with enthusiasm.

“This is going to be part of the rich heritage of Bury St Edmunds. It will benefit the entire community, not just young people.”

The Skate Park Experience was set up to co-ordinate the project and brought in money through grants and fund-raising at last year’s Skate Jam.

The charity will continue fund-raising towards further improvements to the site.

Cllr Robert Everitt, cabinet member for communities, said it was an example of how the council can ‘enable communities to take ownership of a project and raise the necessary funds to achieve it’.

He said: “I’m full of admiration for the young people who were involved in the design and delivery of this fantastic scheme.

“The new skate park is not only designed to be more fun for its users, but is also built to last for at least 30 years.”

Simon Pickering, the council’s youth and community development officer, added the original park was ‘always very popular’ and, based on feedback, ‘this one is going to attract even more interest’.

The Skate Jam will be held from noon to 6pm.