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HONITON: Thumbs up for skate park design
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Young people in Honiton have chosen a design for a new £90,000 skate park in the town.
Participants were given the choice between three designs, and the winner with 58 per cent of the votes was Option B, a design from Maverick.
East Devon District Council is funding the project and will now work with Maverick to install the facility and open the park as quickly as possible.
The council held a round of voting on four skate park designs in December but the company that submitted the winning design was unable to fulfil the contract.
But following the approval of Mavrick’s new design, the project has taken a step closer to completion.
Councillor Iain Chubb, EDDC's Cabinet Member for Environment, said: "This has been a fantastic opportunity for young people to decide how money is spent on their skate park.
“I am very pleased that the council was able to find the money to make the much-needed refurbishments and that we made a commitment to work with the young users it to make it happen.
The Honiton skate park was judged to be the most in need of improvements in the district and the council has been working with members of Honiton Youth Centre and students at Honiton Community College since July to plan the changes.
Skatepark users asked for concrete facilities with ramps poured on site, as well as adjustments to the layout of the remaining structures.
The specifications were then sent off to several skate park companies who came back with their own designs.
Councillor Chubb added: “Skate parks become a great place for young people to gather and show off their skills. It also appeals to age groups from four to 40 so we are pleased to support this great sporting activity.
“Thank you to Honiton Community College and Honiton Young People's Centre for getting involved.”
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