Celebrations as new skate park opens

Councillor Lesley (far right) with some of the skateboarders and bikers at the newly-refurbished skate park in Calder Holmes Park
Councillor Lesley (far right) with some of the skateboarders and bikers at the newly-refurbished skate park in Calder Holmes Park
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HUNDREDS of youngsters turned out to celebrate the opening of Hebden Bridge’s £179,000 premier skate park.

The redevelopment work to the facility in Calder Holmes Park has taken around three months to complete and is a testament to the hard work of local youngsters, according to the Deputy Mayor of Hebden Royd, Lesley Jones.

“It’s fantastic that we’ve finally got there,” said Coun Jones, who is also a committee member of Friends of Calder Holmes Park - the group behind the project.

“It’s a great result for all the young people who have been involved in this project over the last two and a half years and who were heavily involved with the design of the skate park.

“It will also bring a lot of people into Hebden Bridge, which is obviously great for all the local businesses.”

The project, which received £95,000 from Sport England, £50,000 from Groundworks UK’s Changing Spaces initiative, £25,000 from Calderdale Council’s Youth Opportunities fund, £5,000 from Calderdale Council’s Community foundation and £4,000 from Hebden Royd Town Council, has seen the skate park doubled in size.

It is now an L shape structure at approximately 27 metres by 22.5 metres and has sprayed steel-framed ramps.

The slopes behind the ramps have been ‘bunded’ to allow them to be used as viewing sites, provide runs on to the skate park for bikers, and act as a visual shield, meaning the skate park is less obtrusive.

Calderdale Council is also to install downlights, so the facility can be used after dark.

John Gale, who worked closely with the project from the beginning, said: “Hebden Bridge now has a skate park that any town would proud to have and its been achieved by our young people.

The skate park will be officially re-opened at the Fair For Youth festival in the park on Saturday May 21.