Monday, 23 October 2017

Bumps ironed out at mini skate park

A MINIATURE skate park at Lea Road playground in Sonning Common has been completed.

A MINIATURE skate park at Lea Road playground in Sonning Common has been completed.

The oval course around the play area was opened two weeks ago but the contractor Wheelscape had to adjust the size of the bumps after children were seen getting their scooters stuck on them because they were too steep.

Parish clerk Ros Varnes said: “Wheelscape changed the bumps and then tried them out with three different-sized scooters. Now all is well.”

The skate park is designed for younger children to use before they are old enough to use the £100,000 skate park which opened at Bishopswood sports ground last month.

Mrs Varnes said the parish council had asked Rotherfield United FC for a new lock at the sports ground, which the council would pay for.



The football club, which owns most of the land, currently uses a combination lock and a padlock on the gate.

The council wants a new lock with just a combination that would be given to the ambulance service in case they were called to the site.

A sign has been designed for the skate park reminding users of rules, such as safety precautions and to respect other users.

Council chairman Douglas Kedge said: “The skate park is a great success. I see up to 20 youngsters up there using it whenever I go up there. I think this is one of the biggest achievements in the village in the last 40 years.”

He thanked Councillor Carole Lewis for being the “driving force” behind the project.



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