Youngsters in Chatteris are a step closer to getting a BMX skate park thanks to a bumper £75,000 grant from funding body WREN.
The money, from WREN’s Community Action Fund, will go towards building the new facility, complete with ramps, quarter pipes and a new footpath, at the Wenny Recreation Ground in Wenny Road.
Chatteris Town Council is still awaiting news of other grant applications to reach the £150,000 total cost of the park, but it is hoped work could start on the project later this year.
Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s cabinet member responsible for the environment and open spaces, said the park would provide a real boost to local young people, who had helped to design it.
He said: “Young people in Chatteris have wanted something like this for some time, so it’ll definitely make a real difference to them
“It’s a big project, so we’re delighted that we’ve got this big grant from WREN and can now start work on putting it all in place.”
Fenland Council and Chatteris Town Council worked with students from the town’s Cromwell Community College to develop the scheme, and other youngsters in the town were also invited to have their say on the final design during a consultation period last October.
The scheme will provide the latest type of concrete bowl-shaped BMX/skate park, known to be one of the quietest currently on the market.
Additional seating, signage and litter bins will also be provided as part of the project, and the new footpath will link Wenny Road to The Elms estate.
WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Sarah Gosling, WREN’s grant manager for Cambridgeshire, says: “We are delighted to be supporting the Wenny Recreation Ground BMX and Skate Park project and pleased that our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for young people across Chatteris.
“WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”
For more information about WREN funding contact Sarah Gosling on 01953 714987, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.wren.org.uk