Sudbury’s new skatepark and multi-use games area were officially opened in Belle Vue Park over the weekend following £150,000 of investment from Babergh District Council.
Skatepark users, Sudbury residents and Babergh District Councillors gathered in Belle Vue Park, Sudbury on Saturday (22 June) to officially open the new facilities including a brand new skatepark and multi-use games area.
Activities organised by the skate park user group included ‘best trick’ competitions for all ages and styles, music from Double Decker Disco, and refreshments provided by The Cabin.
The work and design follow a long period of planning and community engagement, which saw community groups, skate and BMX park users and the town council work with Babergh District Council to identify the right facilities for Belle Vue Park.
Designed for all ages, the multi-use games area which was completed by contractor Caloo last November provides an enclosed tarmac surface to play games such as Five-a-Side Football and Basketball.
Skatepark specialists, Gravity, worked with skate and BMX park users and the local community to design and build a concrete flow style skatepark suitable for all abilities.
Jonathan Sandford, Chair of Sudbury Skate Park User Group, said:
“It’s great the new skatepark is now open to anyone who wants to give the setup a go. We’ve specifically designed the features to inspire skaters and bikers, regardless of their ability and to compliment both Belle Vue Park and users’ needs. We hope that more residents in Sudbury come out to give it a try!”
Cllr Derek Davis, Babergh District Council Cabinet Member for Communities, said:
“It’s very exciting to see something we’ve invested in inspiring people to get active and practice a new skill. Belle Vue Park holds a special place for the people of Sudbury, and we wanted to ensure that youngsters today have the facilities they want and need for years to come.
“The multi-use games area and skatepark were specifically designed based on feedback and engagement with the community and I couldn’t be more delighted with the result. Make sure you head over to try out the space.”
Photography from the event is available on the councils’ Flickr pages.