PICTURE GALLERY: Jumping for joy

Skaterboarders on the new skatepark at Whaley Bridge
Skaterboarders on the new skatepark at Whaley Bridge
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YOUNGSTERS took the chance to showcase their skills at the official opening of the new skate park and pump track in Whaley Bridge.

Already proving to be very popular with young people, the new addition to the Memorial Park provides facilities for skateboarders, BMX riders and scooters.

Funding for the scheme has been provided through a £50,000 grant from Changing Spaces (BIG Lottery) and £80,000 from the Derbyshire County Council Aiming High programme which helps support disabled children and young people get out and share leisure and outdoor experiences.

The successful bids provided sufficient funding to provide a new concrete skate park and pump track for all abilities, as well as a variety of equipment including helmets, scooters and BMX bikes.

Through structured sessions, children with disabilities will be able to learn and experience skate park and bike track use.

Councillor Tony Kemp, Deputy Mayor of High Peak Borough Council, who officially opened the new facility, paid tribute to all those who had played their part and supported the project.

He thanked Jonathan Carnall who helped spearhead the project, the young people of Whaley Bridge, Whaley Bridge Association, council officers, the Memorial Park Ranger/Gardener Paul Evans and Parks Development Project Officer Christine Latham.

Cllr Kemp also thanked the local community and users of the park for their understanding and patience while the work was carried out.

The new facilities were installed by Bike Track and Bendcrete who faced challenging weather conditions.