A FUN-FILLED day was enjoyed by families as a new £60,000 skate facility was officially opened.
The new hang-out in Clavering for skaters and BMX riders has proved popular since it opened and they turned out in force for the official launch yesterday.
As well as those showing off their skills on the new equipment, families took the opportunity during half-term to enjoy the activities on offer including a bouncy castle and face painting.
The launch was the celebration of the new skate park, which is a key element of the Clavering Park Masterplan to improve the area, off Easington Road, in Clavering.
New fencing, trees, paths and a wetland area will all be built in an ongoing scheme to breathe new life into the park.
The impressive new skate park has been backed by Hartlepool Borough Council, Groundwork North East, North Linear Park Steering Group and Clavering Residents’ Association and was made possible thanks to the national Transform Your Patch campaign, run by soft drinks manufacturer Britvic, which awarded money to the project after an online vote.
The project was then match-funded by town waste company Niramax, the Community Activities Network Public Health Grant and the council’s parks and countryside department.
Councillor Jim Ainslie, vice-chairman of Hartlepool Borough Council’s neighbourhood services committee and a member of the North Linear Park Steering Group, said: “I am delighted that an excellent new facility has been created for the town’s young people and a big well done to everyone who has played a part, including all those people who took part in the online vote.”
The skate spot has already been given the thumbs up by those who have used it since it opened.
Rapper Fazer, a member of pop group N-Dubz, also visited the site as work was getting underway to help drum up support. Leah Remington, Groundwork North-East’s programme co-ordinator, said: “It is great to see the skate spot – an idea initiated by the local community – come to fruition.
“It is a brilliant example of what can be achieved through true partnership working between organisations and local people.”
Frank Antropik, of Niramax, added: “We are delighted to have supported this initiative.
“It is particularly exciting that the skateboarding/BMX provision has been developed as a direct result of consultation with the local community and, specifically, with young people who have been involved in the development of the track design.”
Susan Turner, head of corporate affairs at Britvic, said: “We are proud to have supported this regeneration as part of our Transform Your Patch campaign.
“It’s also great that so many people are going to be able to benefit from this new skate park.
“We especially want to thank everyone in the area who showed their support for the campaign and voted for this project.”