Active Withernsea funds revival of skatepark

Fri, 18 Jun 2021

To celebrate national skateboarding day, Active Withernsea is delighted to announce it will be awarding £15k funding to repair and clean-up the Withernsea skatepark, as part of the exciting developments to future-proof the site.

For the last two years Active Withernsea has been collaborating in a community-led approach with the skatepark owners, Withernsea Town Council, and young people and families that use the facility. The steering group was set up to help get an understanding of how the skatepark is being used and for ways to improve the site based on the needs of the community.

It was identified, that remedial repairs and a clean-up of the site are required to ensure that the skatepark can continue to be used safely, and in turn also increase opportunities for more young people to get back into sport and use the site in the future.

The clean-up operation will make the facility more visible in the town and also improve accessibility for people.

The repairs to the skatepark will be funded by Active Withernsea as part of the pilot's focus on young people and creating more opportunities for youngsters in the town, one of their key themes for the initiative.

The repair work to be undertaken includes general maintenance and replacing the ramp sides to secure the spaces under the structure to prevent access and the gathering of litter.

The work will make the skatepark more visually pleasing and an all-round better facility for young people and families to skate, scoot, bike and socialise.

Emma Kelly, development and implementation lead for Active Withernsea, said: "The skatepark is an important community asset for young people and families in Withernsea.

"The repairs and work will improve the site for current users and will also provide a long term space for future generations of young people to get more active.

"Active Withernsea funded the repairs as part of our work to improve opportunities for young people, working with the town to create a happier, healthier, more active Withernsea."

A Withernsea Town Council spokesperson said: "Withernsea's skate park is a valuable asset to our youth community and those who visit from outlying areas.

"The skatepark is a well-loved feature of the town, and the improvements will reinvigorate the area and offer an excellent facility for outdoor activity for years to come."

The park will be closed to the public whilst the repairs and clean-up take place. The work will begin on 5 July and is expected to take two weeks.

Further details will be announced very soon on the re-opening of the facility with a series of activities across the summer to mark the occasion.

If you use the park or plan to use the facility in the future and want to help make a difference - become the voice of the skatepark and join the working group.

If this interests you please get in touch with the team via email active.withernsea@eastriding.gov.uk or by calling (01964) 395013 or visiting the shop at 170 Queen Street.

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