Skate park is four years in the making

Plans to build a skate park in Love Lane park, Castleford, have been given the go ahead.'Picture: Local councillors and members of the Friends of Love Lane Park group, stood by the run down playground equipment, which is the site of the new skate park.'p305b436
Plans to build a skate park in Love Lane park, Castleford, have been given the go ahead.'Picture: Local councillors and members of the Friends of Love Lane Park group, stood by the run down playground equipment, which is the site of the new skate park.'p305b436
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Youngsters in Castleford will soon be enjoying a new £90k skate park after four years’ hard work by a community group.

The Friends of Love Lane Park group formed four years ago to try to provide the facility for youngsters living in the area.

Now, thanks to funding from Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN), Wakefield Council street scene, Public Health Wakefield, Wakefield and District Housing and a contribution from the friends group, work on the new facility is expected to start next month.

Dorothy Dunn, chairwomman of the group, said: “About four years ago we had a lot kids playing on skateboards in the area and they were running straight out into the main road.

“When I spoke to some of them about it all they said to me was ‘where else can we go?’

“I felt awful shouting at them so me and one of my neighbours got together and said let’s do something for them.”

Subject to planning permission and weather conditions, the new skate park will take around ten weeks to build.

Mrs Dunn, 70, said: “It’s brilliant to finally get to this stage.

“It means everything to the kids in the area. They’ve all been asking when it’s going to be ready.

“I feel really proud that the skate park is actually going to happen.

“It gives me a sense of achievement and the park has been left to rot and ruin a bit in recent years so it’s going to be great for the area.”

The council has applied for a lawful development certificate - which will pave the way for the skate park to be developed.

Youngsters couldbe using the new facility by the end of November or early December, if the application is approved by the council’s planning department.