Skatepark will open in Valley Gardens in May

NADV1102234 Skateboard Park. The Mayor of Harrogate Bill Hoult chats with skateboarder Max Davey (17)1102233AMb
NADV1102234 Skateboard Park. The Mayor of Harrogate Bill Hoult chats with skateboarder Max Davey (17)1102233AMb
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HARROGATE’S long-awaited skatepark should be opened in May, after work began at the Valley Gardens site this week.

Evoking the spirit of one of this year’s Oscar contenders, Coun Anthony Alton praised the “true grit” of those who have worked tirelessly to make the park a reality, including skaters Josh Hallett and Stuart Aitken, and BMXers Dave Logan and Flea Brewis.

“They have all shown integrity as well as true grit in not letting up on their desire to see a skate park in Harrogate,” he said. “This council has had its own ups and downs in trying to find a solution regarding the site.”

Contractors Gravity Engineering, from Romsey, started work on the site on Monday. It should open in early May, weather permitting.

The skatepark will be near the play area behind the tennis courts in the Valley Gardens and will be open to all non-motorised vehicles, including scooters.

The council says CCTV should limit vandalism and misuse.