New skate and bike park opens in Ripon

Mick Stanley tries out the new park. (s)

Mick Stanley tries out the new park. (s)

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More than 100 people turned up to test out Ripon’s revamped state-of-the-art skate and bike park at its official opening on Saturday.

The opening event for the park, located behind Ripon Leisure Centre on Dallamires Lane, was also attended by the Mayor of Ripon, Coun Mick Stanley.

Coun Stanley could not resist testing out the new concrete facility as he took to his bike alongside skateboarders, BMX cyclists, scooter riders and skaters who were making the most of the extra space.

The decision to renovate the old skatepark was made due to its deteriorating condition, and the desire by the local community to have a park that was more challenging and exciting than the existing facility.

Both Harrogate Borough Council and Ripon City Council contributed funding to the project, as well as £6,000 raised from Ripon Bike Park project through community fund raising events.

Coun Phil Ireland, Harrogate Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Transport and External Affairs said: “I’ve been very impressed by the dedication and commitment of so many young people in turning their dream into reality.”

Frances Fraser, chairman of Ripon Bike Park Project, said: “I would like to thank every single person who has helped us. It has involved a lot of hard work but looking at the results it has certainly all been worthwhile.

“We have helped the designers create a skatepark that is suitable for all ages, all levels of ability and which will be used by the young people of Ripon for many years to come.”