July 18, 2018

Groundwork set to begin work on Letchworth GC skate park


A £140,000 makeover of an outdated skate park in Letchworth GC will begin next week.

The work on the recreational sport facility in Norton Common will start on Monday (June 5) and is expected to take around three months to complete.

The skate park, which is located on the recreational side of the nature reserve, was installed around a decade ago and has become run down over the years.

Groundwork, the architecture company that is carrying out the work in partnership with North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC), held a series of consultation events with the skaters and BMX riders who use the park so that they could have a direct input into the design.

Vaughan Watson, NHDC’s head of leisure and environmental services, said: “A core group of around five or six skaters aged under 24 years old, and five or six skaters over 24 years old have been instrumental in developing the plans, helping to create a skate park suitable for a mixture of abilities and wheeled sports users.

“This joined up approach has ensured that the community that uses the equipment was involved in the design and building process, therefore maximising the use of the park and the new equipment.”

While the works are in progress the older children’s play area in Norton Common will be closed to public access.

However, the junior children’s play area opposite the outdoor pool will remain open throughout the build period.

Nicola Murphy, Groundwork Hertfordshire’s landscape architect, said: “The involvement of the skating community to design this project has been key in delivering this project.

“We are looking forward to moving on to the next stage of delivery and seeing the designs on the ground.”

NHDC announced that the Norton Common skate park would receive the makeover on June 23, 2016.

Speaking at the time Councillor Jane Grey, NHDC’s executive member for leisure, said: “We want to find out things like whether users of the park would prefer, for example, a mix of street blocks, rails and banks or a bowl section and the best way to do that is to engage with the young people.”

Image: artist’s impression of the plans for the makeover of the Norton Common skate park

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