Work begins on facelift for rotting wooden skate park

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Work on a £150,000 upgrade to a popular but increasingly dilapidated wooden skate park is under way.

The park, on the Ise Lodge estate in Kettering, was awarded £75,000 by Wren Environmental, which redistributes landfill taxes towards community projects.

The park received confirmation it had secured the grant in September last year, and the final design was submitted after consultations with users.

More than £70,000 towards the project also came from developer contributions for community facilities.

The work will see the old timber ramps, which had begun to rot, replaced with more durable concrete.

Improvement work began at the site on Monday, January 14, with Wren representatives visiting the site tomorrow.

The upgrade work is estimated to last about 12 weeks, during which time the park will have to be closed to members of the public.

Cllr Christopher Lamb, portfolio holder for community and culture at Kettering Council, said the new park would provide a boost to the whole community.

He said: “A lot of children are very keen to use the skate park.

“We have consulted with the users to see what they want.

“They need something worthwhile that isn’t going to fall to pieces.

“This is really good news.”