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Skatepark campaign reaches £100,000 target

Yorventure Environmental Body has awarded £27,085 to Friends of Aireville Park for the Save Skipton Skatepark Campaign (SSSC). With this donation, the campaign for a new skatepark has reached its target of £100,000 after just 8 months of fundraising.

Yorkventure Environmental Body Ltd is an independent not-for-profit Environmental Body that distributes grants to community and environmental projects through the Landfill Communities Fund with landfill tax credits generated by Yorwaste Ltd.

Its spokesperson said: "Yorventure and Yorwaste Ltd were delighted to support this project, which was well planned involving the young people of area at every stage.  The new skatepark will provide a free to use facility for the young people of Skipton and surrounding villages."

A spokesperson for Craven Youth Council said: "We are very grateful to Yorventure Environmental Body for their donation. It's the final piece of the puzzle to make our dream of a new skatepark in Aireville Park come true."

In addition to the donation from, the SSSC received £25,000 from Veolia Environmental Trust and £37,500 from Craven District Council. Craven Youth Council and Friends of Aireville Park also raised money through Craven Dragons Den and fundraising events such as a car wash and café.

All of the money raised will fund a brand new skatepark in Aireville Park in Skipton, following the closure and removal of the old skatepark due to safety issues. The new skatepark is expected to be installed early next summer.

Councillor Carl Lis, Lead Member for Working with Communities says: "Hats off to the campaigners and members of the Youth Council who have worked so hard to make this happen. Thanks to their efforts, young people in and around Craven will have a dedicated and safe space to practise wheel sports.The new skatepark will be part of a larger effort to upgrade the park."

Fiona Protheroe, Chair of  Friends of Aireville Park said: "We are totally thrilled that Yorventure Enviromental Body have been able to support the building of a new Skatepark, it shows how much can be achieved when the council and the community work together."

The Skatepark is included in the first phase of the Aireville Park masterplan to improve this community facility, which has already seen Friends of Aireville Park raise funds for a community herb planter, noticeboard and picnic benches.The next phase of improvements will include a bike pump track.

Anyone interested in supporting Friends of Aireville Park in its endeavours to improve the park are welcome to join the group on facebook or come along to our next meeting on Thursday 4th Dec 2014 at 7.15pm in the café area of Craven Pool. Please email friendsofairevillepark@gmail.com  to be kept update about meetings and other events.