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Skateboarders ready to roll at Burwell's new park

Members of the building team are putting the finishing touches to Burwell’s new skatepark.
Members of the building team are putting the finishing touches to Burwell’s new skatepark.

The first phase of a £612,000 transformation of Burwell’s recreation ground will be completed in the next few days when work is signed off on the new skatepark.

The concrete structure with overhead lighting should be in use by the end of the month ahead of an official opening later in the year when the second phase of the project - the total refurbishment of the Pavilion with modern changing rooms for four teams and referees, kitchen and car parking - will also be complete.

Funding for the skatepark included an £80,000 grant awarded by WREN from the Landfill Communities Fund, £29,000 from Burwell Parish Council and £6,000 raised by the Burwell Skatepark User Group.

The Pavilion project, which is on schedule for completion in October, received £164,000 from the Football Foundation, £40,000 from landfill tax credits in the Amey Community Fund plus £5,000 raised by the village’s football clubs through their Buy ABrick campaign.

And, says parish councillor Paul Webb who heads the recreation and sports group, they are not finished yet.

“Phase three will start in October when we ask the village what other sports they would like to play. We are thinking of a trim track around the perimeter and the LTA may consider a grant to resurface the old tennis courts which would be caged and floodlit. Other sports, perhaps including netball, could also be played in that area,” said Cllr Webb.

“We have been allocated up to £295,000 by East Cambridgeshire Council so we will shortly be looking at putting together a plan to submit to them,” he added.

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