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'Wheelie' good progress at Darlington Skate Park
A local skate park opened its doors three months ago, following its grand opening on Saturday 5th April 2014.
Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg provided £5,000 of funding towards the building of the 4 Motion Skate Park in November last year. His last visit to the skate park was at the end of March, to see the final progress on the build, a week before the skate park opened.
Mr Hogg said: "I was pleased to provide funding towards this initiative last year and have been keen to see the benefits the skate park has brought to the local community. Facilities such as this are important for young people, as they have a safe environment to go to outside of school or college, whilst developing their own fitness levels and skills.
"This is an excellent community facility. Three months on, it is clear to see the hard work and effort put in by all those involved, into making this a successful project."
The skate park now attracts people from as young as six, with many teenagers and adults using the facility which is open 6 days a week. BMX, scooter and skateboard coaching is also offered, including coaching during the summer holidays.
Nigel Potter, who led the Skate Park project, said: "It's only been possible with the support of lots of people especially the trustees of 4Motion Darlington. The feedback about the park has been great and in the first two months we had 2694 visits."
Other organisations and businesses that provided funding and help towards making the skate park become reality include: Jewson's, Resilient Business Systems, Sported, Darlington Borough Council, County Durham Community Foundation, Lorimers Electrical and Bussey and Armstrong.
Details about the skate park can be found on their website at: www.4motiondarlington.org/skatepark.
Posted on Friday 4th July 2014