Skate park joy for kids and parents

A group of youngsters get ready to practice their BMX skills at the new skate park in Lynemouth.
A group of youngsters get ready to practice their BMX skills at the new skate park in Lynemouth.

Youngsters are flocking to a new £80,000 leisure facility in a Northumberland village.

The skate park at Lynemouth Welfare Ground has been on the area’s wish-list for many years and after a three-year process, the required funds were raised and the amenity was built.

It includes a 1.2m deep bowl and some rails, steps, ramps and quarter pipes for young people to practice skateboard and BMX tricks.

The individuals who drove forward and helped the project were present for the official opening last Friday, along with representatives from the organisations that provided financial support.

Part of the money for the scheme has come from the National Lottery’s Big Local initiative for the Cresswell, Ellington, Linton and Lynemouth (CELL) areas.

One of the parents who set up the Lynemouth Skate Park Working Group, Amber Hume, said: “The kids in these areas were having to go to skate parks in other towns and villages such as Ashington, Widdrington and Newbiggin.

“After contacting Lynemouth county councillor Milburn Douglas, a meeting was held. There was a good turnout and a working group was formed.

“Things went quiet after some initial funding, but we kept going and it’s great that we have managed to achieve our goal. The money from the Big Local project was the icing on the cake as it meant the children’s preferred skate park design would be built.

“We’re grateful to the organisations and residents who have helped with the fund-raising and the kids themselves have organised cake sales, fancy dress parties and a disco to bring in money for the project.”

Her son Daniel, 15, said many children have been going along since it was available for use a couple of weeks ago and there is enough space for them to work on various tricks such as rotations, tail whips and bar spins.

The other skate park funding sources include Lynemouth Parish Council, Coun Douglas’ small schemes fund, the county council’s community chest, Banks Group, Rio Tinto, Northern Powergrid and the Butterwell and Potland Burn Community Funds.

Coun Douglas said: “It’s fantastic that after three years of planning and fund-raising, such a great skate park has been built.

“This facility will provide many years of happiness for children in the four villages.”