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Skateboard plan on a roll with big gift

PUBLISHED: 12:15 05 December 2008 | UPDATED: 09:31 11 May 2010

Sarah Gosling, project manager at WREN hands over the cheque to Ash Lever of the Waveney Play Partnership watched by other members of the partnership. Picture: DAVID LENNARD

Sarah Gosling, project manager at WREN hands over the cheque to Ash Lever of the Waveney Play Partnership watched by other members of the partnership. Picture: DAVID LENNARD

AN exciting project to bring a new skateboard and BMX park to Lowestoft received a welcome boost this week when organisers were presented with a cheque for £30,000.

AN exciting project to bring a new skateboard and BMX park to Lowestoft received a welcome boost when organisers were presented with a cheque for £30,000.

The Waveney Play Partnership and North Lowestoft Skate/BMX Group (NLSBG) are celebrating, following the donation by Waste Recycling Envitonmental (WREN) to support their project to build a state-of-the-art concrete skate/BMX facility in Normanston Park.

Waveney District Council helped the Waveney Play Partnership secure £157,000 funding from the Big Lottery Fund for the project and WREN's funding of £30,000 is specifically for the beginner/novice area of the facility.

Chris Punt, chair of the Waveney Play Partnership, said: “Both the Waveney Play Partnership and NLSBG consider the beginners' areas as integral to the project, if the skatepark is to be fully inclusive and progressive.

“With WREN's contribution now in place, the overall provision and scope of the park will be increased and this is fantastic news.”

The NLSBG - the skatepark's ultimate users, have formed a constituted group and committee to liaise with the specialist design team on the park to ensure it's a unique and relevant facility for the community.

Nigel Pinnock-Smith, school teacher, local skater and elected chair for the group, said: “We are delighted that WREN has got onboard with the project. Their support has ensured a greater quality of provision for all abilities.

“On behalf of the group, I would like to thank WREN and the Big Lottery Fund, for enabling our dreams to materialise and also the Lakeside Café in Normanston Park for accommodating our meetings and their invaluable support.”

Sarah Gosling, WREN project manager, said: “We are delighted to support such an exciting development for the park. This will create a fantastic facility for the youth of Lowestoft, especially those just starting out on skateboards.”

WREN administers funding received from Waste Recycling Group, under the Landfill Communities Fund Scheme. Waste Recycling Group operates the landfill site at Aldeby as well as the Lowestoft Waste Recycling Centre on the South Lowestoft Industrial Estate.

To find out more, visit www.wren.org.uk

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