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Long-awaited Bridgnorth skatepark officially opened

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On Wednesday 17 December 2014 Bridgnorth Town Councillor Edward Marshall, Mayor of Bridgnorth, officially opened the long-awaited skatepark at Crown Meadow, Bridgnorth.

The idea for the skatepark had long been discussed in the town, and this was highlighted as a priority in the Bridgnorth Town Plan in 2011.  Funding for recreational use was later secured by Shropshire Council and Bridgnorth Town Council,and a long and in-depth consultation process followed, which informed the councils of the location and type of skate facility users wanted to see.

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet responsible for leisure services, said:

“It’s brilliant to see this project to come to fruition.  I know that a lot of people in the town have been keen for a skatepark for long time, and judging by the feedback we’ve received they are very happy with the facility.”

Anne Wilson, Bridgnorth Town Council’s town clerk, said:

“The town council was approached by the young people of the town in 2010 and funding opportunities were explored.  The Town Plan highlighted a skatepark as a priority for the town, and we are pleased to have worked in partnership with Shropshire Council on this long-awaited facility, which we know is already being well used.”

The skatepark builders, Canvas, are working with the councils and users for a skate event in spring 2015 to showcase local, regional and national skate, BMX and scooter riders.

For further information about the event please contact Sean McCarthy, Shropshire Council’s sports development officer, sean.mccarthy@shropshire.gov.uk or 01743 255933.