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First look at new £100K skate park

By Katia Harston, Chief Reporter Friday 6th December 2013
A first for Barnsley: The town's first in-situ concrete skate park to be built at Hoyle Mill.

THIS is the first look of the new £100,000 skate park being built on the edge of the town centre.

 

It is the largest and first in-situ concrete skate park in the borough and will be built in the Dearne Valley Country Park at Hoyle Mill.

 

Barnsley Council's Parks Services department and skate park designers Wheelscape said they are looking to have the park up and running by Easter.

 

News that work will start in the new year was welcomed by Coun Margaret Bruff, who has been at the forefront of the project since it was mooted.

 

"It's amazing," she said. "I think it will be the only one like it in town and sits into the ground and works within the contours of the ground.

 

"The really important part about this is it is the kids themselves who have helped design it. I never knew skate boarding was so intricate.

 

"The idea is if they designed it and that's what they want, then they will use it and not the town hall steps."

 

The £100,000 skatepark is being funded by money from housing developers that was put aside to benefit the community.

 

The plan came about after years of demands to Barnsley Council from youngsters who said they would like one built in or close to the town centre.

 

A number of sites were identified in September 2011 but the one considered the most suitable was at Dearne Valley Park.

 

Coun Bruff said the location was the best because it was still in the central ward meaning kids from across Barnsley could use it and it was accessible by foot and by road.

 

Coun Roy Miller, cabinet spokesman for development, environment and culture, said: "I'm pleased to be able to announce that work will start shortly on this much sought after skate park.

 

"I know there are a lot of skaters and BMX riders who will be looking forward to using it."

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Posted by fred wilson I Fri 6th Dec 2013 at 2:00pm

and the first time the river dearne floods like it did in 2007 it will be closed or washed awayi do belive it is right in the flood plain area another waste ov tax payers money

Posted by dedatodd I Fri 6th Dec 2013 at 2:44pm

I hadn't realised that the car park and play area that its to be built close to have been 'washed' away? Your right though, there may be an issue with flooding but it should be structurally sound to survive!

Also this isn't tax money this is money from elsewhere!

Give it a chance!

Posted by Jul I Sat 7th Dec 2013 at 1:39pm

What waste if money, don't you think £100k could be spend on roads instead.

Posted by JBBlackett I Fri 13th Dec 2013 at 9:13pm

For £100K it could a cheap skate project

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It might all end in tiers.

Posted by Alex Tindle I Tue 17th Dec 2013 at 3:16pm

100k is cheap ad for a concrete plaza just look how much work and money was spent on Chesterfield plaza Clifton.mansfield etc great idea be down wen it's built

Posted by ALC I Wed 18th Dec 2013 at 1:43am

Why would this stop them riding the town hall steps I see no steps in this plan :/

Posted by thomas whiteley I Mon 17th Feb 2014 at 8:11pm

I'm really looking forward to seeing this, let's just hope it isn't another false promise by barnsley council. Seems a little bit too good to be true, I will believe it when my wheels touch the fresh ground.

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