Skatepark upgrade plan is ramping up

By Jonny Bonell Friday 17 January 2014 Updated: 17/01 09:56

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REDDITCH skatepark has laid out plans for an £18,000 revamp in memory of a trustee who died in 2010.

The new project will see half the park upgraded and will be dedicated to Matthew Locke, who designed and oversaw the delivery of the original ramps within the Icknield Street Drive based park in 2003.

Phase one of the development has already seen the reconstruction and upgrade of the spine ramp area, the largest ramp at the skatepark, using mostly recycled materials.

The second phase of the overhaul is hoping to see the spine extended to make consistent flooring, linking it to other ramps which will cater for beginners as well as expert riders and will cost about £18,000 in materials.

Steve Rooke, from Redditch Skatepark, said: “We need to continually upgrade the skatepark as this is what the users want.

“We will be making full use of the space creating many new lines and have a fantastic team of qualified and skilled volunteers, who are users themselves, who will be dedicating their spare time to the design and build.

“This will be a great dedication to Matthew and we will keep his ideas alive to offer new challenges to beginners and all users.”

The park are seeking capital funding for the project and have written bids to grant giving bodies.

Any businesses keen to help with funding and sponsorship should email

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