Skate park dream realised

Cotswold Journal: Liam Annakin watches Ollie Leopard perform tricks at the new skate park in Moreton Liam Annakin watches Ollie Leopard perform tricks at the new skate park in Moreton

MORETON youngsters’ long-held dreams of having their own skate park have finally come true.

The eagerly-anticipated £65,000 park for skateboarders and bladers on London Road is being officially opened on Saturday, August 4, with some special guests.

Profofessional skateboarders Rodney Clarke, James Threlfall and Ian Jennings will be giving demonstrations and running competitions while Moreton Rangers FC will provide a barbecue.

The event, which is being held from noon to 4pm, is being funded by housing developer Cala Homes which donated £20,000 towards the project.

Travis Perkins, in Moreton, contributed materials to the project and other local businesses are planning to sponsor benches.

Councillor Ana Whitworth, chairman of the skate and sports committee, said she was delighted the park was finally open.

She said: “It was a passion of mine to get it up and running. There’s about 40 to 50 young people up there every day.

It’s working out brilliantly. Now it’s up I don’t think anybody can really believe it.

“We want to set up a committee of youths that use it so they can police it.

It’s a community-led thing because we want the kids to take it upon themselves to look after it.”

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