Positive response after first look at Crowland skate park plans

GRAND DESIGN: An artist's impression of how a skate park proposed for Crowland could look.  The plans are due to go on public display at an event in the town in June.  Photo supplied by Crowland Parish Council.
GRAND DESIGN: An artist's impression of how a skate park proposed for Crowland could look. The plans are due to go on public display at an event in the town in June. Photo supplied by Crowland Parish Council.
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The chairman of a Crowland group working to deliver a new skate park for the town has praised the progress made on the project so far.

Diane Beeken, who heads the Crowland Skate Park Group, said she was “very, very pleased” with the work done by members and Crowland Parish Council in coming up with an initial layout of how it may look.

Parish council chairman Coun David Ringham and Coun Bryan Alcock, member of both parish and South Holland District Councils, have held talks with manufacturers capable of building the skate park in recent weeks.

Now an artist’s impression of the site has been shown to the group to get its views before it goes on public display at a mobile skate park event in June.

Diane said: “It’s taken a while to get to this point but things are progressing well now and the proposal for a skate park in Crowland seems to be going well.

“I contacted the parish council because there had been interest in a skate park for Crowland for some time and after some activity by council members, it’s really gone on from there.

There’s been interest in a skate park for Crowland for some time and after some activity by parish council members, it’s really gone on from there

Diane Beeken, Chairman of Crowland Skate Park Group

“We had a number of meetings with them over the past year and the result has been that the parish council is going to find a site for the skate park, as well as a pledge of funding that can be used for it.

“Once that had been achieved, it was a case of talking to various suppliers of skate parks to come up with a design proposal for Crowland.”

The Crowland Skate Park Group has been active on social media since June 2016, but the campaign for a sports area to serve young people in the town goes back at least five years when a petition was raised to build one.

Diane said: “Crowland Parish Council is in the process of coming up with a proposed design and the next important action after that is to have further discussions with potential suppliers.

“They will then come back with some designs for us to review, we’ll get feedback from the people of Crowland and a decision on the final design will then be made.

“Overall, I’ve been very, very pleased because there’s been quite a lot of work that’s been done by the skate park group and the parish council as well. Parish and district councillors in Crowland have been very, very supportive and, all being well, it won’t be too long before we get a skate park for the town.”

Coun Ringham said: “We had a meeting with the skate park group last Tuesday and shared with them an indicative design layout. This was well-received by the members of the group and we will be meeting again soon to determine the response from potential users.”