New skateboard ramp for Wimborne in memory of Sam Gunstone
THANKS to collaboration between The Gunstone Trust, East Dorset District Council and Wimborne Town Council, youngsters are now able to enjoy a much improved skateboard facility at Redcotts Recreation Ground.
The existing steel half pipe, which was installed in 1997, has been replaced with a concrete one with a bowl. This is not only safer for users, it is also much quieter. Residents had long complained about the noise.
Town councillor Shane Bartlett who has been spearheading the project said: “On the day it opened at the beginning of September 60 children turned up to use it.”
The official opening will take place on Saturday 5th October from 3.30-5.30pm. There will be a memorial plaque to Sam Gunstone, who was killed at the age of 18 on the A31 in May 2010. The Trust was set up in his memory to raise funds for much needed youth and community projects in Wimborne and the surrounding area.
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District councillor Pat Hymers said: “The project has come about because the want and need was there. There were people with the vision and drive to ensure it happened; the funding was there at the right time and the necessary people were persuaded to support it.”
In 2011, the Gunstone Trust approached Wimborne Town Council - the owners of Redcotts Recreation Ground - with the request that if they raised sufficient funds could they replace the steel half pipe. Two years later they had raised £16,500, to which the town council added £3,500.
In June, this year, EDDC received a petition from Spencer Naylor, a Colehill youngster, who asked for a skateboard facility that was fit for purpose.
The authority subsequently came up with £15,000 towards the development which caters for skateboards, stunt scooters, BMX bikes and inline roller skates.
The children’s play area at the rec is to be refurbished in the near future.
Report and photo by Marilyn Barber