YOUNGSTERS in Ettington have taken a giant leap towards getting their own skatepark, as the contract to build it has been awarded.
The village’s Youth Council announced that Canvas Spaces Ltd has been given the contract, following a tender process.
Members of the Youth Council are tweaking the design with the firm, which has 15 years’ experience building skateparks, after which planning permission will be submitted and hopes are high that work can begin early next year.
Funding for the £100,000 project has come from various sources, including the parish council, money from the Spitfire Homes development, grants including the National Lottery Awards for All, the Waitrose Community Project and Tesco Bags of Help. The youngsters have also raised around £1,000 themselves through a host of events including cake sales and car washes.
Parish clerk Sarah Furniss said the youngsters had been involved in every step of the process, with four core members of the Youth Council drawing up diagrams, design specifications, statements and so on to make sure all the details of the skatepark would be what they wanted.
She added: “The Parish Council would like to thank and congratulate the Youth Council for their patience and commitment to the project which will benefit themselves and others for years to come. They have done some really fantastic work and have worked incredibly hard”.
She said the skatepark was the first phase in a project to offer something for all ages in the community and as part of the first phase a bluetooth-enabled youth shelter had already been built.
Future plans included a free green gym for adults and for smaller children some play equipment and a safe road track to practice safe cycling skills on.
Sarah added: “We want to make the community centre a real hub of the community; the people who run it work really hard to put things on that people really enjoy and want to go to.”
Examples of Canvas Spaces’ award-winning work can be seen at www.canvasspaces.co.uk