Community spirit in town is praised

A HUGE community effort has seen a decaying skate park revamped without any funding help from the local council.

Volunteers have been giving up their Saturdays since November to refurbish Desborough Skate Park, on the site of the Hawthorns Leisure Centre.

The scheme has been organised by Desborough Youth Action Group, and has seen young people, residents and parents flock to the park to help repaint, remodel and replace old skate ramps.

No Kettering Council funding has been allocated.

The park’s grand re-opening will take place from 11am on Saturday, March 24, with a variety of events.

Naj Mistry from the Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs has been helping co-ordinate work at the park.

He said: “It’s so encouraging to see that a small community like Desborough can have such a big heart.

“The park is looking fantastic now and it’s an absolute credit to the community.

“I do a lot of work around Northamptonshire and I’ve never seen a community come together so well for the good of their town.

“Now we’re looking forward to opening the park at the end of March.

“The volunteers are going to work for a couple more weeks to make sure everything is finished off.”

About 15 adults and children have been working on the park each Saturday morning, and some have also given up their Sundays to help out.

About £1,700 was won by Desborough Youth Action Group from the county council and the Desborough Community Development Trust for materials, but the rest of the work was done for free.

Belinda Humfrey, youth group chairman, is delighted with the work done.

She said: “It’s been a wonderful effort and it makes me proud to live here.

“I’ve often said that Desborough has the best community in the world and it seems to be true.

“Some of the children have been down here in the freezing cold at 8am, giving up 14 of their weekends since November. The ramps are like new now, they look as they did when the park opened up in 1999.”