£200,000 secured for proposed new skate park

Bradley Stoke skate park campaigners.

Bradley Stoke Town Council has been successful in obtaining £200,000 from South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) towards the cost of building a replacement skate park at a new location within the grounds of Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

The council favours an ‘in situ spray concrete’ design for the new park, which is said to have greatly reduced repair and maintenance costs and a significantly longer life span than the ‘above ground’ construction of the current skate park.

The estimated cost of the project is put at £275,000, which includes £50,000 for a partial covering of the park, so that it can be used in all weathers.

Meeting on 25th February, SGC’s Southern Brooks Area Forum awarded the project £100,000 from its New Homes Bonus Fund allocation. A further £100,000 of capital expenditure was then provisionally allocated by SGC’s Full Council on 19th March.

The town council has already committed £50,000 of its reserves to the project, leaving £25,000 to find.

Another application for funding made by the town council to the area forum, this time from its Positive Activities Fund, was also successful. As a result, a two-day skate event will be incorporated into this (and next) year’s Bradley Stoke Community Festival.

The awarded grant of £2,400, in each of the two years, will be used to hire a 5ft mini-ramp for the demonstration area at the Jubilee Centre on the Saturday of the festival and to stage a skate competition at the current skate park on the Sunday.

Photo (l-r): Youth participation worker Graham Baker, skate park users Tom Bell & Ash Parker and town councillors Paul Hardwick & Sarah Pomfret.

This article originally appeared in the April 2014 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,450 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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