Transformation of run-down skate park to cost £100k

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A group seeking to refurbish a dilapidated skate park in Hadleigh has set its sights on raising more than £100,000.

Members of the Hadleigh Skate Park Group want to breathe new life into the park situated on the recreation ground in Calais Street.

It has fallen into a state of disrepair, with cracks in the surface and equipment coming apart.

Gavin Talbot said users of the park had joined forces in October and were in the process of obtaining funding for the revamp.

“It has got to a point where the park is not in very good nick at all,” said Mr Talbot, who lives in High Street.

“It was never purpose-built and I think the surface was a former tennis court. All the equipment has come from different places – it has effectively been cobbled together.”

Babergh District Council has agreed to support the project with a number of grants, while Hadleigh Town Council is looking at taking on the lease of the park in the future.

Mr Talbot said he believed the facility would be well used if a major refurbishment was under taken.

“There are a lot of regular users, but numbers have declined because of the current condition,” he said.

“We have had consultations and the feedback is that this is something that everyone wants.”

At present, three designs are being worked on, costing £62,000, £90,000 or £110,000.

“I think the £90,000 project is achievable and we could even make it to the £110,000,” said Mr Talbot.

“We have reached £41,000 so far and there is not currently a timescale on when the grants have to be used.”

To generate interest in the project, a skate park day featuring demonstrations and competitions is being held at the park on June 7 from midday to 4pm.