‘BMX-ellent’ day for village’s youngsters

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One of the country’s top BMX riders came along to join in the celebrations as Donington marked completion of its exciting teen park.

UK number two Declan Brookes performed at the open day to celebrate the completion of the Flinders Founders Teen Park Improvement Project.

Opening of skate ramps at Donington teen park, back: Joel Bates, Alicia Inglis, Margaret Wright, David Trickey of Evolution Ramps, Leah Bristow, vice-chair of  Flinders Founders,Molly Hodgson, Katie Garrard; front Nico Viner, top BMXer Declan Brookes, Eliott Moran.

Opening of skate ramps at Donington teen park, back: Joel Bates, Alicia Inglis, Margaret Wright, David Trickey of Evolution Ramps, Leah Bristow, vice-chair of Flinders Founders,Molly Hodgson, Katie Garrard; front Nico Viner, top BMXer Declan Brookes, Eliott Moran.

Youngsters from near and far were able to use the new skate ramps and enjoy the new park layout after a £40,000 project to rearrange the ramps and install a new half-pipe, spine and grind rail.

South Holland District Councillor Robert Clarke and Wendy Moore from Lincolnshire County Council were welcomed to the event and Flinders chair Alicia Inglis thanked them for their funding, along with WREN, who could not be present.

In total £37,569 had been secured in grants and Flinders Founders’ own fundraising had contributed £2,000 to make a total of £39,569. Large numbers of young people from as far away as Grantham came along to try out the new ramps.

n Flinders Founders want to remind the public that the Teen Park is for teenagers, not a playground for younger children who risk accidents by playing on the ramps.

Also, protective clothing should always be worn when using the skate ramps.