Half-pipe dream comes to fruition at Thrapston skate park

Eddie Sewell cleans up the ramp ready for the opening
Eddie Sewell cleans up the ramp ready for the opening

Work has been completed on a new £90,000 skate park in Thrapston which will be unveiled at a grand opening next week.

The park will officially open after a community group spent years campaigning to bring it to the town.

Tony Sanders, chairman of the Thrapston BMX Skate Park and Community Group, said he is delighted that the group’s hard work has paid off.

He added: “It’s great, it is something that has taken many years to come to fruition.

“We have a very active town council who make sure there is lots of things for children to do.

“It would not have been possible without the support of the town council.”

Mr Sanders said he is hoping for a big turnout at the grand-opening on Saturday, June 15.

He added: “We have made sure the young people have been involved throughout, with them choosing the final design of the skate park so it really is something for them.”

A day of celebrations will mark the opening of the new skate park with live music, refreshments and demonstrations held by professional skate and BMX riders.

The day will begin with a BMX time-trial competition on the BMX track, followed by the grand opening of the skate park at 1pm.

The sunken skatepark is the second part of a project by the community group, which began after the completion of a BMX track in 2011.

The group received £40,000 in funding from Thrapston Town Council and £50,000 from Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN) to build the skate park.

Town councillor Val Carter said she was delighted the skate park was due to open and the whole of the council was happy that it had been completed.

She said she hopes the park will prove to be popular for all ages in the town and surrounding areas.

She added: “Hopefully the sun holds out and we have a great day and a lot of people turn up.

“We are all really pleased at the council.”