New Kings Heath Skate Park
Thanks to the efforts of Northamptonshire Partnership Homes, and co-funders Mick George Ltd and Sport England, an impressive new Skatepark has been installed in Kings Heath, Northamptonshire, aimed at decreasing issues of Anti-Social Behaviour in the Park Square area.
The £80,481 project was unveiled this week at a special opening ceremony which gave hundreds of youngsters from the locality the opportunity to experience the new amenity first-hand.
As well as a series of qualified Skateboarding and Roller-skating demonstrations, children of all ages competed in various informal competitions for the chance to win prizes.
Presently there is no facility of its kind in the local area, with youths extremely limited on recreational activities, which has almost inevitably contributed to any acts of ASB in the proximity. The site has historically attracted issues of motorbikes and cars being driven across the large grassed area, however, it is anticipated that the newly situated Skatepark should eliminate such problems.
A whole host of interested local parties were present at the opening, including local borough councillor Gareth Eales.
With skateboarding to be included for the first time at the Olympics in Tokyo, who knows, future Olympians may begin their journey using the new Kings Heath Skatepark.
The Skatepark is to be supplemented at the location with a ‘communal orchard’ as part of 3-year programme run by ‘Trees in the City’.
Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’Being able to provide support is immensely satisfying. Over the years, the business has been fortunate to be involved with some wonderful projects that have positively contributed towards the community, and we expect that this initiative will be no different’’