Progress for Ripon bike and skate park

PC Garry Shillam with bikers, scooter riders, skaters and parents at the skate park behind the Leisure Centre.  (130202M2d)

PC Garry Shillam with bikers, scooter riders, skaters and parents at the skate park behind the Leisure Centre. (130202M2d)

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Parents in Ripon are well on their way to revamping the city’s skate park after drawing up a “shopping list” for the council.

A meeting, attended by 14 members of the bike and skate park project including three youth representatives, was held at the Golden Lion pub on Allhallowgate on Friday, April 5 to discuss the development of a new skate and bike park facility in the city.

Frances Fraser, whose 13-year-old son Morgan is a BMX fanatic along with several of his school friends, told the Gazette: “We decided to rename the project to include the skate park rather than just the bike park. Renovating the skate park is now our priority, with the possibility of building an extension for bikes in the future.”

Ahead of a meeting with Harrogate Borough Council in a fortnight, the project’s members drew up a list of items needed to revamp the dilapidated skate park at the back of Ripon Leisure Centre on Dallamires Lane to present to the council, which includes exotically named equipment such as a half-pipe, spine and funbox.

“We feel like we are getting where we want to be,” said Mrs Fraser, 41, who was inspired to set up the project after discovering how many of her son’s friends were passionate about biking, but had no-where to go in the city.

Ripon City Council also set up a working group for the project earlier this year, tasked with finding ways of bringing new skateboarding facilities for young people to use in the city.

The project has now organised a variety of fundraising events for the project, including a race night at the Goldon Lion on May 10 and a trip to the Rampworx, Liverpool, on May 30. Tickets are still available for both events, Email riponbikeproject@outlook.com