Skaters and BMXers have celebrated officially opening West Bridgford’s new skate park at The Hook in Lady Bay.
The £200,000 project from Rushcliffe Borough Council and Sport England – and supported by Skate Nottingham, Supereight, Maverick Skateparks, RCAN and VIA East Midlands – has been praised by its users.
Representatives from each organisation gathered to open the park, view dedicated beginners, women and girls’ practice sessions and then watch all park users showing off their skills to hundreds who attended the event.
The facility replaced the former wooden structure which was damaged in 2017 and the remaining facilities were deemed unfit for purpose and lacking in value for the community.
The authority co-ordinated together partners in 2018 to assess how best to proceed with the project and construction was completed over 12 weeks earlier this year, 12 months before skateboarding becomes an Olympic sport at the 2020 games.
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s deputy leader, councillor Debbie Mason, said: “The site has benefited from a complete makeover with a new concrete structure and we’re delighted with the reaction from our partners, the skating community and park users to its new design.
“We hope the new facility is welcomed by skaters far and wide for years to come, in line with proposed improvements at other skate parks across the borough.”
Sport England’s Libby Jones said: “The initiative is dedicated to enhancing the spaces in your local community that give people the opportunity to be active, such as The Hook.
“There are a number of things we want to achieve with this investment, but most importantly we want to help local organisations to create good customer experiences and financially sustainable facilities.
“We want it to benefit their community for years to come which in an instance like this, may mean providing help to get things up and running too.
“While we will continue to invest in projects that help people get into sport and increase the number who are regularly taking part, we’re also looking to invest in projects that look beyond this to how sport and physical activity changes lives and becomes a force for social good.”