Ashbourne urged to get involved in skate park project

Local people keen to see Ashbourne get a new skate park are encouraged to attend a public meeting in the town on Monday 13 June.

Your District Council has organised the 6.30pm session at St John’s Community Hall, off King Street, to gauge local appetite for the facility, which would cost around £70,000.

The District Council itself cannot fund the project, but wants to work in partnership with the local community to seek external funding.

Ashbourne’s old vandalism-plagued skate park at the District Council’s leisure centre was dismantled in March this year after councillors decided it had reached the end of its life expectancy.

Closed for almost two years after a fire started in the skate park resulted in £300,000 worth of damage and loss of income at the adjoining leisure centre, the old facility had cost the council an additional £22,500 in repairs and maintenance since it opened 12 years ago.

A District Council spokesperson said:

“The 13 June meeting will help us to understand just how much the people of Ashbourne want us to pursue the idea of a new skate park in the town – and we would love nothing better than to see the room packed with young people keen to push the project forward.

“There is no cash available in our budget for us to lead on the scheme, but we do have the expertise to help the local community drive the project forward.”

Everyone is welcome to have their say at the meeting, which will be attended also by District Council officers and Ashbourne councillors. The District Council has also set up a Facebook page called ‘Ashbourne Skate Park Project’ for feedback and conversation.

Aerial view of Ashbourne Recreation Ground and Fishpond Meadow

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