Old skate park demolished

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DEMOLITION of the old Hebden Bridge skate park started this week – to make room for a new £179,000 facility.

Friends of Calder Holmes Park and Hebden Royd Town Council have been working with young people on the project, and it is hoped the work will be completed by April.

Councillor Lesley Jones, of Hebden Royd Town Council and Friends of Calder Holmes Park, said: "Now that the work has started, it feels like a big relief.

"We want to pay tribute to the young people of Hebden Royd who have worked with us throughout by attending meetings, designing and working in conjunction with the contractors."

She added: "The new extension will be a much better facility for them and bring other young people to the area."

Grants for the new skate park included 50k from Groundworks UK, 95k from Sport England, 25k from the Youth Opportunities Fund as part of Calderdale Council's Young People's Service, 5k from the Community Foundation for Calderdale and 4k from Hebden Royd Town Council.

John Gale, who has worked closely with the project from the beginning, said: "Hebden Royd's young people are setting a real example in Calderdale in terms of what can be achieved when you make the effort to make a difference, and to be a part of that and see the results happening now is very rewarding.

The launch of the park will coincide with the Fair For Youth event on May 21 2011, which will be funded by Hebden Royd Town Council.

John added: "We need local people to come to the meetings and get involved in this year's Fair for Youth event so we can make it the success that the kids deserve."

If you are interesting in hearing more about the event, you can attend the meeting on February 10 at 7:30pm at the Step2 centre in Hebden Bridge, or visit the Facebook group 'Fair For Youth 2011'.