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Home > News > First spade in the ground for new Sudbury Skate Park

First spade in the ground for new Sudbury Skate Park

Posted by on 7 November 2018 | Comments

Ground has been broken ahead of the construction of a new skate park in Sudbury’s Belle Vue Park, following public consultation earlier this year.

Babergh Councillors were joined by the Sudbury Skate Park Users Group members Jonathan Sandford and Channon King, and Operations Manager, Duncan Holley from contractors Gravity to celebrate the construction of the new skate park in Belle Vue Park, Sudbury. The ground was officially broken by Cllrs Margaret Maybury, Jan Osborne and John Ward with work set to begin on Monday 19 November.

Construction of the skate park is the second phase of works to take place, following the completion of a new Multi-Use Games Area in Belle Vue Park. Gravity are due to commence work on Monday 19 November. The new skate/BMX park will replace the previous skate park and, as a result of consultation with skate park users earlier this year, will feature sprayed concrete ramps and features for bikers and skaters to enjoy.

Work follows planning, community engagement and consultation with Babergh District Council, the Town Council, community groups and skate park users to identify the right facilities for Belle Vue Park.

The newly developed Multi-Use Games Area and Skate/BMX park are hoped to be officially opened to the public later this year, with opening ceremonies planned to take place around March next year. The Council will be providing updates on the work via their Facebook and Twitter.

Cllr Jan Osborne, Deputy Leader of Babergh District Council, said:

“The work represents the outcome of lot of hard work by community groups and residents. It was essential to regenerate this facility in line with what its users wanted and needed. Belle Vue Park is a great asset, and the skate park will only help to make the park a wonderful attraction to be cherished for many years to come.”

Cllr Margaret Maybury, Babergh District Cabinet Member for Communities, said:

“The new skate park will offer a fantastic space for young people to get active outdoors, with skateboarding and BMX rapidly growing in popularity. The skate park alongside the newly completed games area are the result of community groups and councillors coming together to create something that will support the whole community.” 

Jonathan Sandford and Channon King of Sudbury Skate Park Users Group, said:

“We’re delighted with the look and style of the new skate park. It’s been carefully designed to inspire youngsters and encourage them to develop their skills regardless of their skating ability. The council have been instrumental in making sure the skate park fits the needs of its users. It will be well-used and loved for years to come and the great location provides a perfect backdrop to grab a skateboard and give it a go!”

Photographs from the groundbreaking ceremony can be found on the Councils’ Flickr pages.