Kettering skate park revamp receives another funding boost

editorial image

An ageing skate park will be given a £150,000 new lease of life after a project to revamp it received a funding windfall.

Kettering Council has announced that it has successfully bid for £75,000 from the landfill communities fund for a revamp of the Ise Lodge Skate Park.

This will bring the total funding for the park to £148,000.

Pete Haynes, a regular user of the park, said: “This is a really exciting time and there is a lot of excitement on the local scene.

“Obviously there are those who are worried about what the new site will be like, as we love the present Ise Skate park, but its old wooden ramps are rotting and provided the project goes through all future stages, it will mean we have a skate park for many years to come.”

In February, the council’s Executive Committee voted to keep the park open and find funding for it after its ageing state brought its future into question.

Designs for the new facility are being developed by a series of skate park installers tendering for the contract.

The council has been working with a committee of local skaters and BMXers to developing the plans for the new park.

A drop-in session will be held where local people and skate park users are invited along to choose the winning design.

The session will take place on Saturday, September, 15, between 9am and 4pm at the Ise Pavilion, adjacent to the skate park.

Jonathan Bullock, portfolio holder for community and culture, said: “The Ise Lodge skate park is as popular as ever and it is great news that we have received the funding to be able to improve it.

“I would encourage anyone who uses the park to attend and let us know their thoughts on the new plans and hopefully it won’t be long before people can start to use a fantastic new facility.”