Youngsters put new skatepark to the test

Pocklington mayor Paul West (second from left) and town clerk Richard Wood with youngsters (second from right).
Pocklington mayor Paul West (second from left) and town clerk Richard Wood with youngsters (second from right).

Work on building Pocklington’s brand new skatepark is now complete, and youngsters in the area have been putting the £63,000 facility to the test.

The skatepark features a number of ramps and a grind rail on top of a concrete surface, measuring about 80 metres by 10 metres.

Landscaping work is still taking place around the facility, on the Queen Elizabeth II Playing Field, West Green.

An official open day is being planned for some time in April, and Pocklington Town Council is aiming to invite professional skateboarders to the event.

The town council, in partnership with Pocklington Play Area Group, has aimed to install a facility for young skateboarders, rollerbladers and BMX riders to use for a number of years.

Pocklington town councillor David Sykes, who is spearheading the project, said: “The skatepark is excellent, when I’ve been up to it it’s heaving. There’s boys of all ages. It is very popular.”

Last year, plans to build a skatepark received a huge financial boost when funding body Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN) awarded Pocklington Town Council £40,000 towards the project.

In addition, it has received £3,000 from Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove’s Crime Reduction Fund.

It is hoped the remaining funding will be provided by developers fees from new houses being built in the town.

The park has been built by a company called Bendcrete, makers of concrete skate parks in the UK.

More pictures in next week’s (5 March) Pocklington Post.