£118,000 including skate park is coming to Great Shelford
A new inclusive skate park is coming to Great Shelford – and it is hoped it will open in the spring.
A grant of more than £97,720 from the FCC Communities Foundation, combined with more than £20,000 raised by the charity Great Shelford Playscape, will fund the hub on the village’s leisure site.
Situated next to the popular Playscape – a playable landscape for all ages and abilities that opened in 2021 – and next to the tennis courts, the new skate park is designed to be accessible for beginners, but exciting for experienced skaters.
Specialist skatepark contractor Bendcrete has worked with the community, including representatives from the Shelford and Stapleford Youth Initiative, to design the ‘wheelscape’ for skateboards, bicycles, scooters, skates and wheelchairs.
Great Shelford councilor John Stanton, trustee of Great Shelford Playscape Charity, said: “We used to have a wooden quarter pipe that was difficult to maintain and users told us it wasn’t fun to ride.
“We have been waiting a long time for this part of the Playscape masterplan that Great Shelford Parish Council adopted many years ago.
“We are thrilled that the FCC Communities Foundation has embraced our vision for an inclusive sports venue on wheels and awarded us this funding.
“With BMX and skateboarding now recognized as Olympic sports, the opportunity to start your sporting journey at your local recreation ground is invaluable. We also know that it encourages young people to get together and be active outdoors, which is good for their mental health.”
He believes it will prove popular with all ages, and especially those of high school age.
With construction set to start in early 2024 and expected to last approximately eight weeks, plus time for grass and planting, it is hoped that the first skate and bike jam can take place in the spring of 2024.
The low-lying, hard-landscaped area will feature four ramps, two camel humps, a rainbow rail and a Pier 7.
Penny Horne, grants manager at the FCC Communities Foundation, said: “We are pleased to be able to support the Great Shelford Wheelscape project and are pleased that our funding will deliver such a fantastic community facility in Great Shelford.
“FCC Communities Foundation is always keen to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we very much look forward to seeing this take shape soon.”
FCC Communities Foundation is a nonprofit organization that awards grants from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.
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