£250k skate park on verge of reality

Dreams of a £250,000 state-of-the-art skate park in Eastwood are on the verge of becoming a reality

Ambitious plans for the venture for the town’s flagship Coronation Park have been in the pipeline for years.

NEAA 13-06-12 BE 7 Eastwood coronation skate park. Rhianne Lounds and Beth Lee.

NEAA 13-06-12 BE 7 Eastwood coronation skate park. Rhianne Lounds and Beth Lee.

But now the scheme has been finalised and submitted to Broxtowe Borough Council for approval.

So quickly have things progressed, it means that if things are rubberstamped and things go according to plan, the facility could be under construction in June/July and built and open as early as September.

The progress has only been possible through the incredible efforts of local school pupils.

Not only did they lead a project to find out what was wanted from the project, Eastwood Comprehensive students Beth Lee and Rhianne Lounds then set about securing the cash that was needed under a campaign named ‘Skraise’..

Between themselves and the community they raised a total of £115.000 and they were then told by Notts County Council this would be match-funded.

Cash has come from the county council, Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd, Safe Action For Eastwood and Broxtowe Borough Council

Facilities on the site will include a complex and challenging skating “bowl” with various heights between 1.2-2.4 metres, ledges, as well an underpass and flyover jumps.

It is understood there are also plans for CCTV, lighting, benches and fencing at the skate park.

Only last week the Advertiser reported that the two 17-year-olds scooped the first-ever community award presented in honour of the late Hazel Braithwaite, who was an 18-time Eastwood Mayor.

Non-skater Beth is reported as saying said: “It just feels like all the hard work has finally paid off.”

Skate park developers Freeskate are behind the application to build the project.

It had been hoped the skate park could be built last year, but this was not possible and the project required changes to proposed foundations.

Many local dignitaries have backed the project, including Nottinghamshire County Council Eastwood councillor Keith Longdon.