Plans for new West End skate park in March just months away after funding pledge

PUBLISHED: 11:19 21 June 2019 | UPDATED: 11:19 21 June 2019

An artist's impression of the new West End skate park in March. Picture: FENLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL

An artist's impression of the new West End skate park in March. Picture: FENLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL

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Plans for a new and improved skate park in March can now go ahead after the final funding needed to start work was secured.

Funds for a new March skate park have now been secured by Fenland District Council. Picture: FENLAND DISTRICT COUNCILFunds for a new March skate park have now been secured by Fenland District Council. Picture: FENLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL

Fenland District Council had already committed £90,000 towards a new skate park in West End Park, but after receiving a £30,000 grant from the Amey Community Fund, the project can now become a reality.

The park's current metal frame structure, which is over 15 years old, will be replaced with a bigger, free-form concrete construction, specifically designed to meet the requirements of the local community.

The concrete structure will also be harder wearing, requiring fewer repairs than alternative modular or metal ramp structures, and is considered the best surface for skateboarders, BMX and scooter riders.

Work on the state-of-the-art facility will begin in early September so youngsters can continue to use the existing skate park over the summer holidays, and is expected to be finished between late October and early November.

Councillor Peter Murphy, the council's portfolio holder for the environment, said: "It's great to see the council and local community working together to get a new and improved skate park for March.

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"A stakeholder group with March Town Council and Young People March got the project moving, and lots of residents took part in our community consultation to help shape what the new skate park should look like.

"This upgrade to a well-used and valued facility demonstrates the council's commitment to providing high quality, safe equipment for our young people to enjoy and opportunities for them to get and stay active.

"It's also part of a rolling programme of planned improvements to play areas across the whole of Fenland."

Councillor Jan French, deputy leader of Fenland District Council and district and town councillor for March West, is pleased that the plans will get underway and the effect this will have on the local community.

She said: "I'm delighted that this project is coming to fruition.

"The current skate park is a great asset to March, but the new and improved facility will ensure it benefits future generations of young people for many years to come."

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