Get your skates on at Woodside

An old, but popular Skate Park has just started being completely refurbished at Woodside in Telford in readiness for the Olympics in 2021 when skateboarding becomes an Olympic sport for the first time.

The fully refurbished Skate Park facilities required the whole of the existing metal facility to be replaced with a state of the art concrete skate park which is easier to maintain.

Telford & Wrekin Council asked other local Telford and Shropshire Councils whether they wished to use and refurbish this old facility to reuse a facility which was going to be sent for recycling.

Church Stretton Town Council investigated the opportunity and together with an active community group have now taken the old equipment to refurbish and replace the former wooden skate park that they had in one of their parks.

Telford & Wrekin Council has supported the Town Council and Community Group with advice and support to enable them to carry out their proposal.

The new £100,000 concrete skate park project at Woodside was funded through Section 106 funding secured from nearby development.

The design was chosen by the local community through public consultation earlier this year, where a number of different designs were presented to the community and the design with the most community votes is the design which is being built.

The design includes a variety of street style ramps including quarter pipes, mini ramp, flat ramps with jump boxes, ledges and handrails and is aimed at all abilities.

Councillor Eileen Callear said Cabinet Member for or Leisure, Libraries and Culture, said: “Telford & Wrekin Council is delighted to have worked to complete this exciting refurbished facility in Woodside.

“The facility here is part of our commitment to encourage Telford & Wrekin residents to choose to lead more physically and socially active lives – to do more, enjoy more, feel better. We look forward to creating a great facility for the local community.”  

Councillor Rae Evans, ward member for Woodside, said: “This is another stage in the ongoing improvement of Woodside that has taken place over a number of years.

“It will mean that we have a state of the art facility just a stone’s throw from the Park Lane Centre and I really look forward to it opening and being used by local skaters.”

Works are expected to be completed in 5-6 weeks’ time subject to the weather.

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