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New Bracebridge Heath skate park open

Almost £50,000 of funding have been used to build a new skate park facility in Bracebridge Heath.

The new skate park on Bath Road Recreation Ground comprises of a series of equipment for skateboards, bikes, roller blades and scooters, and replicates features found in the urban environment.

The park, which was opened on January 4 with a community fun day, includes jumps, ramps, grind rails and fun boxes, and the equipment caters for all ages and abilities.

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Kids enjoying the new skate park in Bracebridge Heath.

The funding for the project, obtained by Groundwork Lincolnshire, came from Bracebridge Heath Parish Council and local fundraising, Bracebridge Heath Recreation Ground Committee, the Lincolnshire Cooperative Community Fund, the Lincoln Longdales Trust and WREN.

The Veolia Environmental Trust also awarded grants of £24,121 and £14,500 respectively, through the Landfill Communities Fund.

The project was supported by Bracebridge Heath Parish Council, local police and North Kesteven District Council.

Planning meetings were attended by young people and their parents, who gave suggestions for the equipment that the skate park should contain.

Senior Project Officer from Groundwork Lincolnshire, Vicky Dunn, said: “Previously, young people in Bracebridge Heath had to travel to Lincoln to access suitable recreation facilities, but now they have a safe place where they can enjoy wheeled sports in their own community.”

The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, added: “Facilities like this one make a real difference to our communities, providing a place where young people of all backgrounds can meet up and socialise, learn new skills, and benefit from outdoor exercise.”

Peter Cox, Managing Director of WREN said: “WREN is committed to funding projects that make a real difference to local communities, children and families.

“If there are other organisations in Lincolnshire who are in need of recreational facilities I would urge them to contact us as we are continually looking for good projects that need our support.”