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Council Sets Wheels in Motion for Skate Park Upgrade in Silverdale

Residents can influence the proposed design of a new and improved skate facility in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

The Council is asking adults and young people for their views on initial plans for a mini wheels park at Silverdale Park which have been developed by the successful contractor, who are global specialists in track design, in partnership with a steering group involving council officers, ward councillors, Silverdale Parish Council, Staffordshire Police and the Western Communities (Cross Heath, Knutton and Silverdale) Locality Action Partnership.

Clark & Kent Contractors Ltd – who recently installed the pump track at Newchapel recreation ground in Kidsgrove – has helped to produce a draft scheme involving a range of features and obstacles that are rarely found in parks of this scale. It’s aimed at beginner and intermediate skaters but the smooth flow and open lines of the layout provides a blank canvas for more creative and technical tricks.

The upgrade, suitable for rollerblades, skateboards and scooters, comes after a previous consultation exercise showed that residents are strongly in favour of redeveloping the existing skate park, situated next to the multi-use games area, with a better and more modern scheme.

Residents can view the design, and submit comments, online at https://bit.ly/3rre487 until 6 August. Consultation events are also taking place at Silverdale Park on Thursday, 29 July at 2pm and 6pm where visitors can meet steering group members and the Ashley-based contractor.

Construction work is expected to begin very shortly.

Cllr. Jill Waring, Cabinet member for leisure, culture and heritage, said: “This project has been in the pipeline for some time now and I’m delighted to say that our contractor – a local company respected all over the world for their high quality track projects – is set to start work on it very shortly.

“We’ve listened to residents and are transforming the old skate park area by introducing a fun, modern and exciting facility which will encourage young people of varying abilities to stay healthy and active for years to come. This is something which is very much wanted by local schoolchildren who raised money for it by completing a sponsored silence.

“The mini wheels park follows hot on the heels of our amazing new pump track in Kidsgrove which has been hailed the best in the country. While they’re completely different projects in terms of style and scale, it shows our commitment to providing residents and visitors with a wide range of facilities and activities to help improve their health and quality of life. We also know the quality of the work we can expect.

“We welcome feedback on the design concept and would love to hear from interested parties. By working together, we can make sure that this fantastic new facility meets the needs of users as well as the community.”

It’s planned to reposition the teen shelter and remove some of the ball court fencing to create more space and improve the appearance of the area. The use of concrete surfacing will minimise noise while extending the life of the attraction.


Last updated 26 July 2021

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