New Skatepark to launch this weekend in Hadleigh

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The Hadleigh Skatepark User Group are inviting local people, councillors and officers from Babergh District Council to the official opening of the new Hadleigh Skatepark at Calais Street Recreation Ground in Hadleigh.

The launch event begins at 11am on Saturday, October 10, starting with the official opening and ribbon cutting by the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Trevor Sheldrick followed by food, music, demonstrations and of course lots of skating.

In late 2013 users of the skatepark contacted Babergh District Council as the existing wooden ramps were deteriorating. Babergh Officers supported local skaters to form a user group to raise funds for a new skatepark.

Working closely with Babergh District Council and Hadleigh Town Council, the user group canvassed opinions from the users with regard to their preferred type and style of new facility and then began raising funds.

Once the user group were able to secure £75,000 together with funding from various sources as well as s106 funds and Babergh capital funding, they were ready to complete a tender exercise for the new facility.

Freestyle, the successful company, started work in July and the skatepark was completed and passed its ROSPA inspection on 25th September. It is already popular with the skaters who are very pleased with their new park.

Gavin Talbot from the Hadleigh Skatepark User Group said: “The new facility has been really busy so far with skaters of all ages and abilities using the park. We’ve also heard many positive comments from residents and the user group looks forward to the skate park becoming a well-used amenity for the town.

“It’s also been a really positive project where the local councils have worked closely with and supported members of the community to address the needs of residents.”

Cllr Frank Lawrenson, Babergh District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in this fantastic project which has been hugely successful in bringing this much loved skatepark back into full use.

“This is a testament to the hard work and persistence of all those on the user group and is an excellent example of what can be achieved when Babergh works with local people to help them achieve the things that are important to their own communities.”