Popular skate park handed £5,000 boost

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The popular skate park in Norton is set to be given an overhaul, thanks to a £5,000 grant from the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire.

The Skate Park User Group – which is made up of youngsters and supported by the Police and local authorities – secured the funding from the commissioner’s Community Fund.

They will use the funds to realise their ambition to build a new piece of equipment at the park, which was built 10 years ago and boasts the largest outdoor “half-pipe” in the country.

As well as successfully applying to the Community Fund, the skateboarders organised fundraising activities, including a 24-hour ‘skate-athon’ and the planning and design of the new equipment.

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said: “This project is an excellent example of how the Community Fund is making a difference in Communities across North Yorkshire. I’ve been really impressed with the support this park receives from the local community and its popularity. By developing the park yet further, skateboarders are more likely to practise their hobby in a safe, dedicated facility rather than on our busy town-centre roads and pedestrian areas.

“Experience also shows that, where there are diversionary activities available for young people, there are lower reported levels of anti-social behaviour. So everybody benefits.”

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