Work to start on Mundesley skatepark
Work is set to start on a village skatepark that has seen a whole community rolling along together to turn a dream into reality.
The �85,000 scheme at Mundesley saw residents having to raise �21,000 to top up grant funding.
Now after a three-year effort spanning the generations the diggers are ready to move in to begin turning a weedy wasteland off Gold Park into a concrete complex where youngsters can polish their skateboard, scooter, rollerblade and BMX skills.
The young skaters have designed the layout of the park and will help to manage it.
The project which should be up and running in time for the Jubilee celebrations in June, has been driven by the Mundesley Youth and Community Group.
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Major grants have included �50,000 from the Community Spaces programme, and �12,000 from the parish council. The remaining �21,000 came through local fund-raising, which ranged from a summer ball and Marvellous Mundesley Fayre, to casino evenings and dozens of individual fundraising events.
MYC chairman Amanda Ng, said: 'This has really brought the village together and people of all ages have done an amazing job – firstly in raising the money, delivering leaflets, promoting our projects, and then putting their backs into clearing the site.
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'There's a real sense of ownership already – the children and teenagers are beside themselves with excitement. Skating is seen as cool but requires self-discipline and skill.
'The skaters currently practise in the car park near Gold Park, which isn't very safe and can be annoying for motorists. It will be wonderful for them to have their own space.'
Volunteers, including the youngsters, have spent ours to clear the site, and on Monday February 20 the diggers move in to begin work.
Mrs Ng added there were few new facilities for the more than 380 children living in the village.
She praised Jackie Thornton for securing grants and funding, but added 'everyone has done an amazing job. It shows what can be done when people pool their resources.'
?A competition has been launched to find a name and logo design for the new skatepark, with the winner getting a �50 itunes voucher!
Anyone can enter and the winning design will be used on skate park signs, and possibly on sweatshirts and literature.
Email your name ideas and designs to email@example.com, post on Facebook at Mundesley Skate Park, or to Amanda Ng, c/o Jupe, 2b Station Road, Mundesley NR11 8JH. Entries must be in no later than February 28.