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Hereford skatepark plans 600,000 development
Hereford skatepark
The skate park, as it was in March 2010

Plans have been unveiled to raise £600,000 to turn Hereford skatepark into one of the best in the country.

More than £270,000 has already been raised to build the skatepark on the site of a disused car park in the city.

The project is part of an initiative involving the Police, the council and young people to reduce the number of complaints about skateboarding on the streets and in other public places.

The nest stage would involve extending the skatepark and building a cafe.

Safety on the streets

The plans date back to 2004, when 50 young people approached the city and county councils about the need for a skatepark.

There were 173 complaints between 2004 and 2005 about the use of the High Street, B&Q and the bus station as venues for skateboarding.

Local skateboarders said they would stop using public places, if a proper skatepark was built in the city.

A charity called Wheeled Sports 4 Hereford was formed, and a project team visited schools to find out exactly what kind of facilities young people wanted.

The land was donated by Herefordshire County Council on a 25 year lease, at a peppercorn rent.

The first phase of the skatepark was completed in March 2009.

Hereford skatepark
The first phase of the skatepark

The second phase was finished in December 2009.

Hereford skatepark
The second phase of the skatepark

Ambitious plans

The next stage will see an addition to the concrete surface extending the useable area with more "Street Scene".

There are also plans for a visitor centre, cafe and toilet block, which will be incorporated into the useable surface, allowing users to skate over and around it.

Wheeled Sports 4 Hereford says they would also like to employ a youth worker at the park - someone who can can offer help and guidance to young people/users, including repair of damaged equipment, and someone who is also skilled themselves in "wheeled sports".

Councillor Bernard Hunt, a Police Authority member and chair of the Community Policing Board, said: "It is rare that we have the finance and opportunity to make such a key contribution to a unique community project.

"We are delighted to support the creation of a facility that is wanted, conceived and driven by young people in Herefordshire."

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