New Higham Ferrers skateboard park officially opened

The official opening of the new skatepark in Higham Ferrers
The official opening of the new skatepark in Higham Ferrers

Youngsters used the half-term holiday to try out their new £70,000 skateboard park.

Town mayor George Whiting was tasked with cutting the ribbon for Higham Ferrers’ new skatepark during last week’s half-term break.

Addressing both youngsters on the ramp as well as parents and residents who had gathered for the official opening, he said: “It’s been a long hard slog and has taken nearly three years in making this possible.

“Three years ago the police came to my wife Pam and asked if they could provide the town with a skateboard park because the doctor’s surgery just up the road was being used and police thought it was a dangerous place for children and youngsters to play on their skateboards.”

After coming up with plans, consulting residents over the proposals and working with youngsters in the area to find out what they would like, the ramp has been installed and it is already proving popular with youngsters from the area.

Cllr Whiting said the site at Saffron Road Recreation Ground was chosen with the backing of the police, and because it is covered by CCTV for the safety of those using it.

Grants totalling £70,000 from the Mick George Community Fund and East Northamptonshire Council’s Community Facilities Fund paid for the facility.

Cllr Whiting added: “The town council received £35,000 from both East Northamptonshire Council and Mick George and we would like to say a personal grateful thanks to both parties for this because without the funding this would not be here today.”

Dozens of youngsters have been using the skateboard ramp in recent days, but Cllr Whiting made an appeal to them at the ribbon-cutting.

He said: “I do encourage all the youngsters who will be using this over the next few years at least to treat it with the respect it deserves.

“We have done this for you. Please help us look after it and if you see any problems, please don’t be afraid to contact us.”