Excitement ramps up as skate work begins
SHERBORNE skate park supporters gathered at a special ground-breaking ceremony on Thursday.
The Sherborne Skate Group met with dignitaries at the Blackberry Lane site to officially celebrate the start of building work.
Construction team 1Skateparks Ltd set to work demolishing the outdated and deteriorating ramps to make way for the new design, which was granted planning permission last month.
Skateboarder and group member Jamie Loxton, 16, helped raise the money and wrote grant application letters to fund the new equipment.
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The Gryphon School student said: "It's amazing that we have finally got to this point.
"I love to skate and I think the new equipment will allow me to learn more skills.
"I can't wait to use it. When it's completed I think I will be down here at least five times a week."
The group – made up of skaters, cyclists, their parents, and neighbours around the site – raised £187,000 during two years of fundraising.
Michael Graves, chairman of Sherborne Skate Group, said he was confident the group had enough funds to landscape the area around the skate park, and build in a path once the ramps were completed.
He said: "It's fantastic to see the result of all this hard work.
"Once the site is completed the maintenance work required will be minimal and this will be handled by the town council."
Mayor Peter Rhodes, who broke the ground at the event, said the project was a great achievement.
He said: "In three years these youngsters have taken this site from nothing and raised a phenomenal amount of money in order for the building work to start today."
Richard Bartlett, managing director of 1Skateparks Ltd, said: "I want to thank everybody for their support. This is an amazing job well done from the community."
It is hoped the work will be complete before Mr Rhodes finishes as mayor on May 21. An official opening event will then take place.