A steering group, of skating community representatives and youth workers from MAP, played a critical role in the project’s development over the last two years: sharing ideas to help develop the design brief, choosing the final design from a range of options and then working with contractor CANVAS to make the final tweaks.
The new park aims to be inclusive of skaters of all abilities, and of different types of wheeled sports users. Work is expected to take six to eight weeks to complete.
Cllr Penny Carpenter, chairman of the environment committee, said: “This is a great example where our local young people, supported by our excellent Neighbourhoods and Communities Team and local councillors, have shared their views and essentially led on bringing forward this new and exciting facility for their community.
“This has been a long-awaited project, and I thank everyone who has contributed to the final design. I am delighted to see this being started, a very welcome new facility for all ages to enjoy. I look forward to the opening.”