Contractors get their skates on in Willenhall

Last updated: 05/12/2013 13:38:09

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Work has started this week on creating a £160,000 skate park at the Green Flag Award-winning Willenhall Memorial Park.

The old metal ramps were removed yesterday (Monday 2 December 2013) and the new concrete facility is expected to be completed by spring 2014

Walsall Council Coalition agreed to invest cash from the sale of Willenhall Leisure Centre into the new skate park, which will form part of a larger improvement programme there.

Teenagers have been supported by Friends of Willenhall Memorial Park to campaign for better skating facilities at the Pinson Road site and have played a key role in the design and development of the new park

Councillor Anthony Harris, portfolio holder for leisure and culture with Walsall Council Coalition, said: "It’s great to see contractors on site as they work towards installing this new feature.

“I’m sure the young people of Willenhall who have played such a major role in getting this project off the ground can’t wait to see the results and I thanks them for their patience as this project takes shape.

“I would also like to thank them once again for their enthusiasm, feedback and ideas as well as the Friends of Willenhall Memorial Park group for its support to bring about improvements for our communities.”

The new skate park will be created by contractors Wheelscape Ltd where the current one is, close to the tennis courts at the Dartmouth Avenue entrance.

Councillor Sean Coughlan, chair of the Friends of Willenhall Memorial Park, added: “The friends group had no hesitation in supporting the young people that use the park.

"They are a credit to our town and have set an excellent example to all young people across Walsall in how to campaign and lobby for funding to bring new facilities for the community."

A skate park was opened as a temporary measure more than ten years ago and was initially intended to last just 12 months.

Both skaters and BMXers will be able to use the new feature.