THE first skate park built in Gosport will be getting a revamp to make it a state-of-the-art facility.
Youngsters in the town were invited to make suggestions about what they wanted to see at Bridgemary skate park.
The one in Lee-on-the-Solent is very popular at the moment but this one will definitely attract more youngsters.Cllr Graham Burgess
They put down their thoughts and design ideas at last year’s Summer Passport Scheme, which were then considered by the council.
Cllr Graham Burgess, chairman of the community board, said the children put forward great ideas.
‘The young people thought of some wonderful plans for the park,’ he said.
‘The initial plans were brilliant.
‘Bridgemary skate park was the first one built in the town and is well past its sell-by date.
‘We looked at trying to spruce it up a bit and thought we would also ask the young people in the town what they would like to see.
‘That we are now developing it is excellent news for the young people of Bridgemary.
‘I am very pleased that we can provide a new state-of-the-art facility for youths.
‘I am looking forward to seeing the final design.’
In the past few years, skate parks in other areas of the town have been improved but Cllr Burgess thinks the one at Bridgemary, off Cunningham Drive, will be the most popular once it is finished.
He added: ‘The one in Lee-on-the-Solent is very popular at the moment but this one will definitely attract more youngsters.
‘It will be bigger and better than the rest of them.’
The design work and public consultation was carried out before Christmas by the Safety Partnership Team, ward councillors and Gravity Skate Parks.
Gosport Borough Council has allocated £50,000 towards the scheme with funding also being made available from businesses in the area that are sponsoring the project.
Work on the skate park was first brought to the attention of the council by Cllr Margaret Morgan, the youth champion at the council. Working with the Gosport Youth Council, the council identified areas in the town with problems such as poor lighting, littering and safety issues.
Bridgemary skate park was listed among the six areas and it was suggested much-needed improvements had to be made.
Designs and feedback from the consultation held last year will be discussed by the Gosport Youth Council at its next meeting held later this month.
Work on the skate park will start this spring with it ready to be used in April.