Skate park campaign celebrates £20k boost

Pictured with members of the skate park project are Ripon MP Julian Smith MP with Couns Mike Chambers and Stuart Martin. (130427M3)
Pictured with members of the skate park project are Ripon MP Julian Smith MP with Couns Mike Chambers and Stuart Martin. (130427M3)

Parents and children in Ripon are celebrating after the Ripon bike and skate park project was awarded a £20,000 grant from the city council.

At a finance and general purposes meeting at Ripon Town Hall on Monday, July 15, the decision to grant the project £20,000 from the city council’s reserve fund was passed unanimously by five councillors in attendance.

Talking to the Gazette after securing the funding, parent Frances Fraser – who is helping to steer the project into fruition – said: “We are very pleased with the outcome and it was the result we were hoping for. We wouldn’t have given up if we had been rejected but it has got us a long way towards reaching our target.”

The estimated cost of designing and building the new park is £150,000. Mrs Fraser, whose 13-year-old son Morgan is a BMX fanatic along with several of his school friends, was joined by two other Ripon mums – Fiona Milner and Claire Thorpe – and 11 enthusiastic biking and skating teenagers at Monday evening’s meeting.

“We are only half-way there really,” said Mrs Fraser, 41. “We are hoping to get more money and are currently in the process of applying for three main grants.”

Members of the bike and skate park project aim to build their new complex, to replace the current facility on Dallamires Lane, by next summer.

Ripon city Coun Stuart Martin said at the meeting: “The time is right for the council to support the city’s youth.”

As the funding is coming out of the council reserve fund, it will not affect the council’s £24,000 budget earmarked for grants.

For more information about the project email riponbikeproject@outlook.com