Work begins on skatepark for Thrapston

George Hooper, 18, Cllr Peter Baden, Mick Hooper, mayor Val Carter, Tony Sanders and Cllr Eddie Sewell
George Hooper, 18, Cllr Peter Baden, Mick Hooper, mayor Val Carter, Tony Sanders and Cllr Eddie Sewell

Work has begun on a new £90,000 skatepark in Thrapston after a community group spent years campaigning.

Tony Sanders, chairman of the Thrapston BMX Skate Park and Community Group, said he is delighted that the group’s hard work is coming to fruition.

He said: “I’m over the moon.

“I’ve got two boys myself, one eight-year-old and one 12-year-old, they’re really into those stunt scooters so I know they will be using it themselves all the time.

“The nearest place to us now is Adrenaline Alley, in Corby, but with a new skatepark in Thrapston all the kids in the area can use it, without having to travel all that way, which is great.”

The building of a skatepark on Meadow Lane is the second-phase of a project which was spearheaded by George Hooper, 18, who started campaigning nine-years-ago for a BMX track and a skatepark.

Mr Sanders said: “We had a BMX track in the town which was dug out by the adults.

“We had that for several years but the younger generation told us that they wanted a proper BMX track to play on.

“We finally managed to secure a grant from the Big Lottery Fund which helped us complete phase one of the project, the BMX track, in 2011.”

The work to raise cash for a ‘sunken’ skatepark began after the completion of the BMX track, with the community group eventually receiving £40,000 in funding from Thrapston Town Council and £50,000 from Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN).

George, who has now moved away from Thrapston to study at Staffordshire University, said he is delighted that work has begun on the skatepark and he is looking forward to having a go on it when he visits home.

He said: “It’s really good to have it.

“I know a lot of my friends are looking forward to using it and going to the skatepark.

“But it’s not just for us, it’s there for everyone and it’s going to be there for a long time.

“It’s quite a good skate park, especially for Thrapston, so I am sure it’ll be popular and people will be travelling from the surrounding area.”

Thrapston Mayor Val Carter said the council was happy to help fund the skatepark and thinks it will be a great addition for the young people of the town.

She said: “We wanted to give them something that they would want.”

Mr Sanders and Mrs Carter both said they would like to thank WREN for the additional funding.

It is hoped the work will be completed by the middle of May with a grand opening on Saturday, June 15.