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New £100,000 skatepark opens in Skipton's Aireville Park

A brand new state-of-the-art skatepark has opened ahead of schedule in Aireville Park, Skipton - and it's being very well used!

Skatepark open

The £100,000 skatepark has been designed by world-class company Freestyle in consultation with skaters and users of the park.

Craven District Council has put £37,500 towards the project, and the rest of the cash was raised from sponsors and fundraising events.

Councillor Linda Brockbank, Craven District Council's lead member for Working with Communities, said: "I'm thrilled to see the skatepark open so quickly. The pump track has proved remarkably popular already and I'm sure this will provide entertainment and exercise for huge numbers of young people.

"We're very lucky to have Aireville Park and we want to encourage people to make the most of it."

Fiona Protheroe, chairperson of Friends of Aireville Park, said: "We are delighted that the skatepark has been completed sooner than expected so that young people can make the most of it during the summer holidays.

"It's a fantastic addition to the park - together with the pump track which opened earlier this summer, we've now got amazing facilities here for young people.

"The fact that we've achieved so much in the park this year is a tribute to how hard the Friends of Aireville Park, Craven Youth Council and Craven District Council have worked."

Adam Haworth's son Finlay, seven, who competes on the scooter across the country, was enthusiastically trying out the skatepark this week. Mr Haworth said: "We travel all over the country to different skateparks and this is a really good one."

Users of the skatepark are reminded to wear helmets and protective clothing for their own safety.

Freestyle is responsible for some of the UK's most respected skateparks including Manchester Projekts, Brighton's The Level, Belfast Bridges, Wherrytown in Penzance and The XC outside London.

The Veolia Environmental Trust awarded a grant of £25,000 to the skatepark and Yorventure Environmental Body Ltd gave £27,085. Both these grants were awarded through the Landfill Communities Fund. A further £10,000 was given from the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire Community Fund.

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.

Pic: Finlay Haworth goes flying through the air at Skipton's new skatepark