Skate of the art! Official opening event offers displays and demos
CUTTING-edge facilities and state-of-the-art style is now on offer for skate fans at Rushden’s Jubilee Skate Park – officially being opened tomorrow, Saturday 16th, at 12noon.
Town councillors teamed up with local riders to gather both funding and expertise for the design of the modern facility, after the old wooden ramp was demolished in July 2014.
The ramp had been repaired many times but the whole structure was finally declared unsafe after a professional BMX rider tried it and agreed with the town council it was no longer fit for purpose.
Work got under way by Gravity Skateparks on the new skate park last summer and a spokesperson for Rushden Town Council said at the time: “After much consultation with our skatepark user group we have decided to go with a concrete park, as this will be more sustainable and considerably less expensive to maintain than the original wooden ramp.”
Designed to cater for skaters and riders of all ages and abilities, the skate park’s special opening event features professional riders giving demonstrations and skating with local riders. There will also be competitions for all disciplines. DJ Nathan will supply the music and hot food and ice-cream vans will also be in attendance.
The facility was funded by Rushden Town Council, ‘section 106’ contributions from developers, East Northants Council Members’ Empowerment Fund and a community grant – and fundraising events staged last summer by the skatepark user group.
A spokesman added: “The town council has always been committed to providing an excellent skatepark facility and hope this exciting design meets everyone’s expectations.”