New life for skate park

Members of the Groundwork (Princes Trust) team have renovated the Moor Park skate park at Bispham.
Members of the Groundwork (Princes Trust) team have renovated the Moor Park skate park at Bispham.
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A RUN-DOWN skate park has been brought back to life thanks to a group of hard-working young adults.

The team, currently working towards a Prince’s Trust qualification through Groundwork in Blackpool, have spent the last two weeks clearing, cleaning and painting the skate venue at Moor Park in Bispham.

The result is a much better facility for the community.

Groundwork team leader Gemma Thorpe said: “They have been clearing up rubbish, cutting back weeds, cutting the grass and painting the ramp and railings to freshen it all up. We’ve renovated the whole area, making it safer, cleaner and a bit more vibrant for the community and the young people who use it.”

The young people, who are on a 12-week employment and professional development programme, chose their community project themselves, and have 
enjoyed the challenge of carrying it out.

Gemma said: “The group really worked as a team, taking on different responsibilities to carry the project out.

“It was a great experience for the team, which has already accomplished so much.”

The team is half way through the Prince’s Trust programme, which also includes two weeks of work experience, interview and CV writing skills and a charity team challenge.

Coun Chris Maughan, Blackpool Council cabinet member for younger people, said: “The skate park is a well used facility at the heart of the community and our neighbourhood teams work hard to keep it clean.

“But given the financial challenges we face it is more important than ever that we look to local residents for their support.

“It is really great to see a number of young volunteers offering that support by stepping up and delivering for their community.”

Gemma added: “Young people in Blackpool can often get bad press but this group of volunteers is showing a new side, helping out the community and making a real difference to the local area.”

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