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New skate park in Stroud is big hit

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: September 25, 2008

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THE newly unveiled skate park at Stratford Park is proving to be a big hit with local youngsters.

The new £70,000 facility is designed to mimic the urban landscape and features street ramps and other features.

It has been planned by Stroud District Council following a survey of youngsters and is built using recycled steel and concrete from the old skateboarding ramps at the park.

The new skate park was funded with £56,000 from Stroud district council and £14,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

The skate park is already being well used since the work was completed earlier this month.

"It's quite good and a lot of people go there," said skater Ash Memory, 17, from Thrupp.

"It's got a lot of street ramps. If you're into that style of skating it's pretty good," he said.

The original skate park at Stratford Park Leisure Centre was built several years ago in an effort to stop skaters using roads and other town centre areas such as the Subscription Rooms forecourt. But within a few years the equipment became obsolete and damaged, and a more permanent solution was sought by the local authorities.

The park now has more permanent structures and room for more skaters.

Spokesman for Stroud District Council, David Marshall, said the new ramps had reused the materials from the old facilities.

"It's state-of-the-art and was designed in consultation with young people," he added.

The new ramps will receive an official launch with a free skate festival on Sunday October 5.

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