Skatepark plan for Hartlepool park

PLACE FOR ALL: Volunteers are organising a number of events and working on plans for a skatepark at Seaton Park
PLACE FOR ALL: Volunteers are organising a number of events and working on plans for a skatepark at Seaton Park

SEATON Park volunteers are working on plans for a skatepark after being approached by young people.

The Friends of Seaton Park group are exploring funding opportunities to provide the attraction.

At the moment there is nothing in Seaton for them to do

James Coils, Friends of Seaton Park

It is one of a number of things the small group is doing to improve facilities and use of the park.

The Aviva Community Fund, which gives grants of up to £25,000, has been highlighted as a potential funding source towards providing the skatepark.

Group chairman James Coils, who is backing the idea, said: “A group of about 10 kids aged between 10 and 14 came to one of our meetings and said they would really like a skatepark if we could organise it.

“At the moment there is nothing in Seaton for them to do.

“It is all open to consultation as to the design and location.”

Planning permission would also need to be obtained from Hartlepool Borough Council.

The volunteers are also organising a number of open events and maintenance days to promote the park.

The first is an Easter event on Wednesday, April 8, from 1pm-4pm, when there will be poppy planting in pots to take home, crafts, facepainting, and an Easter egg hunt.

On May 5, a ceremony marking the completion of a £10,000 World War One project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, will be held.

Two new pillars at the gates on Station Lane have been installed with a plaque detailing Zeppelin raids over Seaton.

And war-themed ceramic tiles made by local schoolchildren are being attached along an internal wall.

The friends group’s big summer fun day will once again take place on August Bank Holiday Monday featuring Punch and Judy, balloon modelling and facepainting.

People can also find out more about the group at their AGM on Tuesday, April 28, or visit their Facebook page.

It is due to take place at Seaton Carew Social Club, starting at 6pm.