Tuesday, 30 October 2012

SKATE PARK GETS CALIFORNIAN FLAVOUR


Skate Park users in Ramsgate are all set to experience a taste of California – thanks to joint working between Thanet District Council and Ramsgate Town Council.

A new American surface material called ‘Skatelite Pro Am’ has been introduced to the Warre Recreation Ground, ensuring that the area has state-of-the-art facilities. Imported directly from California – the spiritual home skateboarding – the new £1,100 surface material has been paid for by Ramsgate Town Council.

According to skate and BMX enthusiasts, the material has many positive features that visitors to Warre Recreation Ground will love – including less friction problems. And even though the British weather can be less benign than in America’s Golden State, the new surface remains safe in any temperature.
Thanet District Council’s Sport 4 NRG team has been instrumental in organising the improvements to the Warre Recreation Ground.

In August, the council gave its support to consider the upgrading of the district’s skate parks and provide new facilities in all three major towns. A consultation exercise has been recently conducted by the council, asking for the views of residents and skate park users.

Warre Recreation Ground, behind Ramsgate Swimming Pool, is one of the skate parks identified by the council. And if residents and skaters give their backing to the overall project, the current skate and BMX park would become a beginners’ practice area.

Cllr Iris Johnston, Thanet District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “We’re very grateful for the wonderful support given by Ramsgate Town Council, and I know that the skate park users will enjoy using the new surface.

“Warre Recreation Ground is enormously popular with the young people of Ramsgate, and it’s great that they now have a wonderful facility. The council is very committed to making popular sport accessible in Thanet, and our plans for Warre Recreation Ground illustrate our enthusiasm.”  

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