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New skate park opens in Market Drayton - in pictures

By Rebecca King | North Shropshire | North Shropshire entertainment | Published:

A long-awaited skate park has been opened after an investment of more than £150,000.

The park, built on land in Phoenix Bank, Market Drayton, has been on the cards for a number of years with work having started in January earlier this year.

After a number of grants and cash were set aside by the town council and the park has now been opened for use.

The old skate park, which is close to the swimming pool, was replaced with a larger site chosen through a consultation with residents who judged a number of styles and types of ramps.

Police constable Mick Sturland, of the Market Drayton safer neighbourhood team, said: "I've been down to new skate park. It is full of kids which is great.

"The skate park is awesome and being well used. I've had great feedback from the kids using it. I want to say well done to Market Drayton Town Council."

The project was last year awarded £75,000 from Sports England, while a further £80,000 was pledged towards the scheme by the town council to revamp its 15-year-old facility.

According to the council's website, it had been hoped to be finished some time in February this year.

Last month, it had called on people to stay away from the site until final landscaping works were completed. A number of reports had been made about people climbing into the fenced off area to use the ramps before they had been officially opened.

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Meanwhile, Whitchurch could soon see its own skate park built in the town after 10 years of campaigning.

Last month it was revealed funding has now come in for the park, which will cost about £70,000 to build. There are hopes the site will be started in summer and take about six to eight weeks in total.

Shropshire Council said funding has now been secured from the council, Whitchurch Town Council, Next Generation Youth, and Twemlows solar farm.

Rebecca King

By Rebecca King
@RebeccaK_Star

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based at head office in Ketley

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