Chesham's new skatepark is unveiled

Mayor of Chesham Mark Shaw cuts the ribbon to officially open the town's new skatepark

Mayor of Chesham Mark Shaw cuts the ribbon to officially open the town's new skatepark

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DOZENS of people flocked to the opening of Chesham's new skatepark, as it was finally unveiled after a two year wait.

Youngsters queued up to be amongst the first to have a go on the new facility in Lowndes Park after Chesham mayor Mark Shaw cut the ribbon to officially declare it open on Saturday.

Would-be users had been given the chance to pick the design they liked the best out of those put forward when the town council first announced plans to replace the old worn-out skatepark two years ago.

Work to install it then began in February once Biffa contributed the final £25,000 needed, after the Paradigm Foundation donated £10,000 and Buckinghamshire County Council stumped up a further £5,000.

Members of all of the groups who helped donate to the coffers were present at the opening, as were members of Chesham Town Council - who pledged the remaining £30,000 needed.

Cllr Shaw said: "It was a fantastic day. There were a lot of young people and potential users there and it was great to launch a new facility.

"We hope it's going to be enjoyed by the young people and well used. We were all well aware the old skatepark equipment had seen better days as it was well used by the children and young people.

"It's a great facility for Chesham in that it can be used by scooters, BMX bikes and skatboards - the whole range."

He added: "I wanted to have a go but I left my skateboard at home."

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