Youngsters could soon have wheel-y good new facilities after plans to improve a skate park in Todmorden took a big step forward this week.
At Calderdale Council’s cabinet meeting on Monday, members agreed to grant a 25-year lease to Todmorden Town Council for the site, in Centre Vale Park, which would be refurbished and extended to include an area for BMX bikes.
Coun Steve Sweeney, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for communities, said: “The skate parks around the borough are great places for young people to meet and skate in a safe environment.
“By working in partnership with other organisations, it will be possible to refurbish these facilities and allow local young people to enjoy them for years to come.”
Calderdale Council was approached by a group of young people in 2012 asking for the skate park - which will be known as a wheels park in future due to the creation of an area for bikes - to be refurbished and upgraded.
Working with the youngsters, the Friends of Centre Vale Park, town council and Groundwork UK have created a scheme which would be funded through grants.
Lorraine Daber, who helped set up the project as a Calderdale Council youth worker and now supports it as a volunteer, said the outcome of Monday’s meeting was a positive step.
“We are delighted that the land transfer has been agreed and look forward to beginning the next stage of the project, which is fundraising,” she said.
“In these days of young people not getting enough exercise it would be a great place for them to go.
“It’s a positive activity, a hobby in which they can meet friends and develop new skills.
“I think it would mean an awful lot if it became a reality because the skate park they have at the moment isn’t very good.”
Todmorden FLIP (Future Life Independent People), a group of more than a dozen young people, is taking the lead on the project and has travelled around the country doing research.
“They have done quite a lot of work looking at different skate park designs and also gathering community support for funding applications,” Lorraine said.
The project has received a lot of backing from Calderdale Council’s young people’s service and parks department, as well as people around Todmorden, and more would be welcome.
“If anybody is interested in supporting the FLIP group, we would like to hear from them,” she said.
For more information, call Lorraine on 01422 882841.