Park is in line for open day

PUBLISHED: 15:12 26 April 2007 | UPDATED: 10:19 31 May 2010

Dreamland builders work on the town’s skatepark. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Dreamland builders work on the town's skatepark. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

SKATERS in Saffron Walden are brushing down their decks in preparation for the opening of the town s cutting edge skate park. American skatepark constructors Dreamland are currently building the park, which is expected to be completed at the end of May, a

SKATERS in Saffron Walden are brushing down their decks in preparation for the opening of the town's cutting edge skate park.

American skatepark constructors Dreamland are currently building the park, which is expected to be completed at the end of May, ahead of schedule and within the forecast budget.

Paul Ogborn, Saffron Walden Skate Group Chair, said: "After more than four years of hard work, fund-raising, designing and planning Saffron Walden Skate Group - consisting of young people and adult volunteers - have managed to pull off what many thought was the 'impossible dream'!"

Fund-raising efforts from the skate group and generous donations from businesses, groups and individuals in the town have generated £280,000 to build the park.

Contributions have also come from The Essex Environment Trust, Biffa, The Home Office and Essex County, Uttlesford District and Saffron Walden Town councils.

Mr Ogborn said: "The group would again like to extend their heartfelt thanks to all those who put their faith in the group and the group's passion for the project.

"As progress has been so phenomenal we are now working frantically to put in place our plans for the area around the park, which will include signage, seating, landscaping, viewing area, lighting, bins, paths and disabled access."

The American construction team has been settling into English life, staying in a house arranged by the skate group.

Mr Ogborn said that they had been keen to befriend the skaters, and were looking forward to showing off their skating skills when the park was finished.

"The excitement is growing among the local skateboarding and BMX fraternity and the word on the street is that the park is world class.

"Already you may have noticed young people around town dusting off their skateboards and oiling their bikes in anticipation of the opening."

The park, behind the Lord Butler Leisure Centre, will be named One Minet Park in memory of Andrew Minet, a skater who was a driving force behind the park's construction before he was killed in a car crash in 2001.

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