Southwater skaters are enjoying their beloved local skate park again after ‘enormous efforts’ from the council to raise funds for repairs.
After four months out of use to the public due to weather erosion and vandalism, the much used skate park in Southwater has been returned to a usable state, to the relief of residents.
Fran Williams from Eversfield, is the mother of a young skateboarder. said it has been a ‘nightmare’ driving her son to Horsham or further to use alternative skating facilities.
She said: “I really do appreciate all the work the council has done behind the scenes because it has made so much difference to my life as well as my sons.
“To be able to pop out in that brief half hour of sunshine is fantastic and gets them away from the TV.
“My concern now is just to ensure this vandalism doesn’t happen again.”
Radii Skate Park repairs started its work at the beginning of September and this first phase is now complete.
The company posted an updated on its Facebook page on September 23: “There’s more work planned for the future too, keep checking back for details. In the meantime, fingers crossed there’s no more vandalism.”
The damage, which has an overall repair cost of £23,940, has caused the parish council to dedicate much time to attaining and available grants.
Southwater Parish Councillor Geoff Cole said ventilation to the timber has been improved to ensure it was less prone to future weather wear.
He said: “We have been very fortunate in finding a contractor who’s an enthusiast of the skate park and understands what he’s doing with it.”
A ‘Southwater Skate Park’ Facebook page is available to exchange fund raising ideas for the ongoing refurbishment.