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Skatepark officially launched in Aireville Park

Skipton's new skatepark was officially launched in Aireville Park with a spectacular display of skating and scooting.

Skatepark launch

Dozens of local children turned out to see experts from The Works and Back on Track showcase the skatepark and pump track, which both opened this summer.

Councillor Robert Mason, chairman of Craven District Council, cut the ribbon and declared the skatepark officially open.

He said: "The skatepark and pump track are brilliant new facilities and have really helped to improve the park for young people and families.

"The facilities have already proved to be very popular over the summer holidays. I would like to thank all our sponsors who made this skatepark possible - Yorventure, Veolia, the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire Community Fund, and Craven Youth Council and Friends of Aireville Park who have worked tirelessly to fundraise for this skatepark."

Angela Pease, Community Projects Manager for Yorventure, which gave £27,085 to the skatepark, said: "Yorventure and Yorwaste Ltd are delighted to have been involved in supporting this exciting new venture in Aireville Park.

"This new state of the art skatepark offers challenging opportunities for young people to take part in, share and develop skills in all wheel sports, as well as taking part in coaching sessions and events.

"The adjoining pump track offers a dedicated bike track for children of all ages to learn to ride in a safe environment. Congratulations to all involved in bringing these projects to fruition."

Paul Taylor, the Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, which gave £25,000 to the project, said: "It is great to hear that this project is now complete and being enjoyed.

"Skateparks provide an ideal environment where people of all ages can meet up, have fun and make friend, all outdoors and for free. I hope this one is used and enjoyed for years to come."

A further £10,000 was given from the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire Community Fund, while Safer Craven contributed £500. 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.

Keelham Farm Shop attended the launch event and gave out free fruit to the young skaters, while staff from Craven Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre helped set up the event and manned the café.

Fiona Protheroe, chairperson of Friends of Aireville Park, said: "It's fantastic to see the skatepark being so well used - we hope it will continue to be a great asset to the park for years to come."