That’s great, let’s skate!

12-230    Rob Cassidy, Park and Open Space Officer for Dacorum, left, and Louis Smith at the Skateboard Centre, Gadebridge Park Hemel Hempstead.
12-230 Rob Cassidy, Park and Open Space Officer for Dacorum, left, and Louis Smith at the Skateboard Centre, Gadebridge Park Hemel Hempstead.

SKATERS and BMX fans are on a roll after a revamp to get their ramps into shape for the summer got the green light

Dacorum Borough Council has earmarked cash to pay for repairs and maintenance at the popular extreme sports rendezvous in Gadebridge Park, Hemel Hempstead.

The £3,000 project will cover strengthening and re-concreting to make sure they are as safe as possible.

There are also plans to repaint the skate park when the weather improves.

Louis Smith, who regularly rides his BMX bike at the park, said: “The skate park has taken a lot of wear and tear over the last few years, as more and more people are getting into extreme sports, so I’m pleased to see these repairs.

“We are setting up a group to have a say in what needs doing and what we would like to see in the future.

“There will be eight BMXers and eight skaters involved in the group and I’m looking forward to being more involved and sharing my opinions.”

The users’ group will work alongside Dacorum’s Clean, Safe and Green team to help look after the skate park and attract funding to keep it in the best possible condition.

Councillor Julie Laws, who oversees environment issues at the Civic Centre, said: “We’ve done this work after talking to the young people who use the skate park to make sure we’re making the kinds of improvements that they want to see.

“We’ll be working with them more in the future so that we can continue to provide a skate park that they can enjoy and be proud of.”

For more information about the group, call parks and open spaces officer Rob Cassidy on 01442 228000.

Another £6,000 is being spent on the park’s children’s play area to replace the safety surface around three pieces of play equipment.