Nettleham Parish Council Officially Open Skate Park

Cllr. Giles McNeill and former colleague Malcolm Leaning who both contributed from their Councillor Initiative Funds to make the skate facility a reality.
Cllr. Giles McNeill and former colleague Malcolm Leaning who both contributed from their Councillor Initiative Funds to make the skate facility a reality.

On Tuesday, 21st July 2015 at 4.30pm Nettleham Parish Council officially opened a new skatepark on Mulsanne Park, Field Close, Nettleham.

The ‘Tate Family’ officially open the new skatepark and the ceremony was be followed by an opportunity for local wheeled-sports fans to put the skatepark through its paces.

The £24,000 skatepark project was run on behalf of Nettleham Parish Council, in response to requests from local young people. It is located on the site of an unused boule-court donated by the Council. The skatepark features ramps and other pieces of equipment that replicate items found in the urban environment, such as handrails and kerbs. It can be used by skateboarders, BMXers, inline skaters and scooter riders. Funding for the work came from the Veolia Environmental Trust who awarded £16,480 through the Landfill Communities Fund and West Lindsey District Council, through the Councillors Initiative Fund. District Councillor Giles McNeill said:

“I am really proud to have supported this project demanded by young people in Nettleham.”

Much of the village fundraising was led by Mrs. Cheryl Tate and her family who, together with Malcolm & Tom Booth, Doug & Sally Bradley and Cllr. Mrs. Susan Harland formed the project team, led by Cllr. Joseph Siddall, for the Parish Council.

Members of the Tate family, together with Parish Councillor Joe Siddall (left) cut the ribbon to officially open the new facility
Members of the Tate family, together with Parish Councillor Joe Siddall (left) cut the ribbon to officially open the new facility

Once the idea of a new skatepark was raised, residents were consulted on the plan. The response was very positive and a 200 name petition in favour of the project was also received. As well as the creation of the skatepark, the longer-term £40,000 project has also seen the installation of a “Street Snooker” game board and Basketball Court adjacent to the Nettleham Tennis Club courts, creating a real multi-use games area. A new path has been provided and a step has been replaced with a ramp to make the area accessible to all. The major part of the funding for the “Street Snooker” and Basketball Court came from funding provided by iGas, with the balance being funded by the Parish Council. The “Street Snooker” game board, in particular, is playable by people typically in the age range 5 to 95 regardless of physical ability. Nettleham Parish Councillor Joseph Siddall said:

“This great multi-use sports facility, of which the skatepark is a major part, has provided a much-needed meeting and activity provision for young people in a safe and secure environment. I would like to thank everyone who helped make it happen.”

Nettleham Parish Council provides a wide range of local amenities and services to residents and visitors including recreational and sporting facilities.