Skateboarders in Raunds have been granted an early Christmas present.
A £16,000 extension to the Amos Lawrence skate park in the town has been opened officially.
Work on the project finished at the end of November and the extension was opened by the mayor of Raunds Cllr Louisa Thomas and Cllr Peter Wathen. It has been designed to test the skills of its users and was funded by Raunds Town Council, with a £7,000 grant from East Northamptonshire Council’s Community Facilities Fund.
Cllr Thomas said: “We are delighted to be able to fulfil a request from local youth for an enhancement to the existing skate park.
“What we have delivered provides just that, a challenging experience.
“East Northamptonshire Council chose our scheme to receive funding and we are grateful to them for their support.”
The leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Steven North, said: “This year we were delighted to be able to support even more local facilities, such as Raunds Town Council’s skate park, with New Homes Bonus funding.
“Ten groups benefitted from this fund and received the financial help they needed to improve play areas, refurbish sports pavilions and build new community meeting places.
“We’re really looking forward to seeing the skate park extension project take shape and hope it is enjoyed by many.”
The extension was built after Raunds Town Council was approached by a group of local skateboard and BMX enthusiasts with plans and ideas for an addition to the existing skate park.
A spokesman for the council said: “They were asked to gather signatures to support their request and from the information supplied we could see that the skate park attracted young people from across the county.
“The request was put to council, who were impressed with the young people’s resourcefulness and wanted to help them fulfil their ambition.
“The current equipment had been very well used and councillors explored the options to make their wishes reality.”
The town council then applied to East Northamptonshire Council under their Communities Grant Scheme and their second application was successful.
This led to a grant of £7,000 being awarded.
The town council agreed to fund the remaining £9,000 from its own reserves and the project was given the go-ahead.