£100,000 skatepark opens in Skipton

£100,000 skatepark opens in Skipton

Published at 6:00am 20th August 2015. (Updated at 12:02pm 24th August 2015)

A new state-of-the-art skatepark has opened ahead of schedule in Aireville Park in Skipton.

The £100,000 facility has been designed by a company called Freestyle in consultation with skaters and users of the park.

Craven District Council has contributed £37,500 towards the project and the rest of the cash was raised from sponsors and fundraising events.

Councillor Linda Brockbank, Craven District Council’s Lead Member for Working with Communities, said: "I'm thrilled to see the skatepark open so quickly. The pump track has proved remarkably popular already and I’m sure this will provide entertainment and exercise for huge numbers of young people.

"We're very lucky to have Aireville Park and we want to encourage people to make the most of it."

Fiona Protheroe, chairperson of Friends of Aireville Park, said: "We are delighted that the skatepark has been completed sooner than expected so that young people can make the most of it during the summer holidays.

"It's a fantastic addition to the park - together with the pump track which opened earlier this summer, we’ve now got amazing facilities here for young people.

"The fact that we've achieved so much in the park this year is a tribute to how hard the Friends of Aireville Park, Craven Youth Council and Craven District Council have worked."

Adam Haworth’s 7-year-old son Finlay, who competes on a scooter across the country, has been trying out the new skatepark.

Mr Haworth said: "We travel all over the country to different skateparks and this is a really good one."