Skatepark nominated for major award

PUBLISHED: 19:32 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 31 May 2010

Saffron Walden's One Minet Park

Saffron Walden's One Minet Park

A SKATE park with an international reputation has been nominated for a major award. Saffron Walden s One Minet Park was opened just over a year ago and has already won admirers from as far afield as Europe. Now the skate park has been nominated for a Biff

A SKATE park with an international reputation has been nominated for a major award.

Saffron Walden's One Minet Park was opened just over a year ago and has already won admirers from as far afield as Europe.

Now the skate park has been nominated for a Biffaward Award 2008 and will battle it out with the four other projects up for the Community Outdoor Recreation Category.

Saffron Walden Skate Group chairman Paul Ogbourn said: "We are delighted with the nomination. Obviously they have a number of projects that they sponsor, so to be singled out is quite something.

"The park has been a huge success, greater than I ever imagined. It is used all the time and people have travelled from all over the country and Europe to use it."

A grant of just over £46,000 from Biffaward helped the Saffron Walden Skate Group build the One Minet Park for young people in the area. Since opening, the park featured in a Channel 4 documentary as the premier park in the UK and fourth best in Europe.

"A huge amount of work went into getting this project off the ground. I had been involved with fundraising for about five years before they started building," said Mr Ogbourn.

"We installed floodlights a few months ago, so the park could stay open until 10pm, and we are now hoping to build a mini-park for the younger children. If we win our category than the extra money would really help with the funding."

Biffaward, which is managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, distributes landfill tax funding to environmental and community projects across the UK. Since 1997, hundreds of communities and wildlife habitats have been awarded more than £90 million in total.

The annual awards ceremony, this year being held on October 9 onboard HMS Belfast, London, recognises the achievements of the numerous projects which have used Biffaward funding to make a real difference. With more than 240 projects eligible to enter the awards, the competition is fierce.

Category winners receive £2,000 prize money, which can be used to develop their project or fund other initiatives. Each winner then has the chance of becoming the overall winner for 2008, receiving a prize of a further £5,000.

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