Young people could enjoy a modernised skate park in March by summer 2019

PUBLISHED: 12:44 23 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:44 23 October 2018

The skate park in West End Park, March. Fenland Disctrict Coucil wants to hear your views on how it should be improved.

The skate park in West End Park, March. Fenland Disctrict Coucil wants to hear your views on how it should be improved.

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Young people are being asked to give their views on plans for a new skate park in March that could be ready for summer 2019.

Thousands of pounds is ear marked to give the skate park in West End Park a total make over.

The park was originally built 15 years ago thanks to tireless campaigning by young people in the Wheelz Project who raised £60,000 to get it off the ground.

Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “A stakeholder group has already been formed of Fenland District Council, March Town Council and Young People March to take the park project forward.

“Now we’d like to hear from the community – particularly young people who use the existing West End Park skate park – to help shape what a new skate park should look like.

“It’s important as many people as possible take part in the survey to give us the best chance when applying for funding.”

Fenland District Council is in the early stages of planning a new skate park to replace the aging one in West End Park, and has launched a community survey to find out what features young people would like the new park to have.

The council has already set aside £90,000 for the project from its capital fund, and will use feedback from the survey to help develop a funding bid to the Amey Community Fund for a further £40,000.

If the bid is successful, building work could start as early as Spring 2019, ready for completion in the summer.

If unsuccessful, other funding sources will be explored.

The online survey, which runs until mid-November, also asks people if they would like to set up a new Friends of the Park group to help support the skate park development, as well as wider park initiatives.

The steering group is also planning to conduct surveys with students at the town’s Neale Wade Academy.

The skate park was set up by youngsters from the Wheelz Project who campaigned tirelessly for two years to generate the £60,000 of funding to get the idea off the ground.

The young skateboarding enthusiasts carefully researched similar parks to make sure that theirs would have everything a park needed to keep young people happy.

• To take part in the survey, visit: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/westendparkskatepark.

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