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Skaters wonít be board any more

By Sharon Sullivan 14th October 2020

Skaters wonít be board any more
Bodminís revamped skate park has proved popular

Skaters have been flocking to Bodmin’s brand new skatepark after the £170,000 project was finally opened last month – and a leading local councillor is so far pleased with how it is being looked after by its users, writes Jacob Double.

The park took over three years to come to fruition and many had been calling out for a new facility for even longer after the old one became unsafe to use.

Councillor Debbie Henderson, who represents the St Leonards area of town and chairs the committee responsible for the new arena, said the most exciting part of the project was the fact it was built by industry experts Maverick Skateparks.

“If you’re going to have a skatepark built, you want it built by Maverick”, Debbie told the Voice.

“Ever since before I was even born, young people in Bodmin were promised a skatepark and it just never really happened.”

Since it opened at the end of summer, Debbie said it has been incredibly popular. “It is busy all of the time - and it is being used by all age brackets,” she commented.

“It became so vital and needed to be done ASAP because the old skatepark in Bodmin just couldn’t be used anymore – it had long gone past it usability. We had to remove the ramps as they had become dangerous.

“It is a project that people have been waiting for donkey’s years. But eventually a new administration came in at the council and made it one of their priorities and delivered it – it is brilliant.”

Councillor Henderson commented that because potential users were consulted on the project throughout, they hope they will take more ownership and avoid any possible issues like graffiti and anti-social behaviour.

“We invited them to come up with a design and work with Maverick. The hope was that if users had input, they would take ownership and not let people wreck it. At the moment, it seems to have been really looked after.”

Because it has been so well received, the council are planning further upgrades to the park, including flood lights to keep it lit up throughout winter as days get shorter.

The lights are being worked on and should running soon.

By Sharon Sullivan 14th October 2020

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