Crowds turn out to enjoy new ramps at skate park

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Crowds of people turned out to see the official opening of Ise skate park in Kettering.

The park, which has been designed to cater for skateboarders, BMXers, people using scooters and rollerblades, was officially opened by the mayor of Kettering, Keli Watts, today (Saturday, June 15).

The park was rebuilt with help from Kettering Council and Wren, which provides funds for projects from the Landfill Communities Fund, and Kettering store Chopper.

Gareth Thomas, from Wren, said: “We are very proud as an organisation to have been able to help you out.”

Mark Healy, the owner of Chopper which is in Montagu Street, thanked the council for their support, particularly Pia Bellamy and Dave Lane. He said that the previous skate park had “seen better days” and that the concrete surface on the new park would be easier to maintain.

Designs for the new park were put on show in the nearby bowls club so potential users could vote for their favourite and Mr Healy said the views of every type of user were taken into consideration. He said: “I’m really happy with it. The first day it was open I came down in the evening and there were about 100 people here. People come just to watch as well so they can be with their friends, and people look out for each other.”

Funding for today’s fun day, which includes various competitions, was provided by the now disbanded Ise Extreme Team.

The new performance arena at Adrenaline Alley in Corby and the skate and BMX park in Thrapston also officially opened today.