Long wait for new skate park in Downham Market is almost over

Views are being sought from extreme sports fans on plans to bring a new skate park to Downham Market.

It has been more than three years since youngsters tried out new tricks on their BMX bikes and skateboards in the town after the skate park at the Memorial Playing Field was torn down because of safety concerns.

But last night, Downham mayor Val Starling, who also chairs the town's skate park working party, said the long wait for youngsters is almost over and now wants to hear their opinions on what skate park they want to see built.

It comes after the EDP revealed in May that the �40,000 skate park will be built on the field next to the Howdale Community Centre.

She said: 'We are just waiting to hear if we have secured a grant to match the �22,300 the borough council has pledged towards the project and then it will be all systems go.'

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Mrs Starling said the working party should be told if any of their grant applications have been successful by the end of next month.

She continued: 'What we are still working on is bringing together around 20 youngsters to form a users group to help us choose the best design. We have had various designs submitted to us already and we need the group to say which is the most suitable for Downham Market.'

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She added: 'One thing that has already been suggested to us is to have ramps for beginners and those who are more experienced.'

Youngsters can register their interest in helping to pick the best skate park design by e-mailing kerry@downhammarkettc.co.uk.

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