Saxmundham’s new Skatepark is to be unveiled this Saturday, 19th November.
The new outdoor park is the result of many years of hard work between Saxmundham Town Council and S.A.V.V.Y (Saxmundham And Villages Volunteer Youth) who have been working with Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Coastal District Council to get the skatepark built.
Suffolk Coastal has in total contributed nearly £45,000 to the skatepark with £40,000 in funding coming from the Outdoor Playing Space scheme, £4,000 from Cllrs Enabling Communities Budgets, £890 from Community Grants. S.A.V.V.Y have raised £6,080 in funding and Saxmundham Town Council have provided over £19,000,
The skatepark has been built by FreeStyle whose design was chosen by members of the community after taking part in a consultation event earlier this year.
Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf, Suffolk Coastal cabinet member for Customers, Communities and Leisure, said: “The community have worked especially hard to get this new skatepark built and I’m pleased that local residents and potential users of the skatepark have remained a constant part of the process – from the initial designs to the finished build.
“S.A.V.V.Y have been at the forefront of the project and have worked tirelessy to help fundraise for the new playspace after having their initial planning application granted in 2005. I’m pleased that after so many years, the public’s demand for the facility has not been discouraged and that all the hard work has paid off.”
Roger Plant, Chairman of Saxmundham Town Council, said: “Saxmundham Town Council would like to thank the Saxmundham Skatepark enabling team comprising S.A.V.V.Y, Suffolk Coastal, Suffolk County Council, our District Councillors and all involved for their tenacity, patience and personal resolve throughout what has been a sometimes difficult project to bring to fruition.
“This is a future model of a community working together to achieve, and a wonderful example of providing structured activity for the young people of Saxmundham.. Nothing left to say, but get your skates and skateboard out!”