New £90k skate park is officially open

16 March 2015.........Chair of the Friends of King George Park Dorothy  Dunn cuts the ribbon,surrounded by fellow Friends and councillors, at the official opening of a new skate park at King George Park in Castleford. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1007/64d
16 March 2015.........Chair of the Friends of King George Park Dorothy Dunn cuts the ribbon,surrounded by fellow Friends and councillors, at the official opening of a new skate park at King George Park in Castleford. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1007/64d

A new £90,000 skate park for children and teenagers in the Castleford area has been officially opened.

Councillors, young people and the Friends of King George Field group cut the ribbon on the King George Skate Park on Monday.

The park, on Love Lane, boasts a hipped bowl with extension, ramps, and a street section of grind blocks, ledges, handrail and a stair set.

The project is a partnership between Wakefield Council, the friends’ group and Wakefield District Housing (WDH). It has also received funding from Waste Recycling Environmental (WREN), Streetscene and Public Health Wakefield.

Dorothy Dunn, friends group chairwoman, said: “The skate park has been a great success so far – as soon as the workmen were out the children were in and they are there every day as soon as school finishes. We’ve even got some professional skaters coming down to use it because it’s not just for young people.

“It’s been a long five years to get to this point and I’m pleased it’s now open.

“Our next step is to try and get funding for a children’s play area on the field.”

The park is suitable for riders of all abilities and can be used by skateboarders, BMX riders, in-line skaters and scooters. Minor landscaping work, including grass seeding, will be carried out over the coming weeks as the weather improves. There will also be an open day in May and a skating competition held later this year.

Coun Maureen Cummings, cabinet member for environment and communities said: “I am thrilled to see the skate park open to the public.This is a really popular area and I look forward to seeing people come to the park.”

The friends’ group is looking for new members. They meet at the Falcon Drive Community Centre, Castleford, at 6.30pm on the second Wednesday of every month.