Crewkerne’s mayor, councillor Robin Pailthorpe, officially opened the new skate-park at Happy Valley on Saturday. Councillor Pailthorpe was accompanied by Annette Roffey, Joe Haskell, Finley Paull and Tom Clark of A Better Skate-park In Crewkerne (ABSIC) for the ribbon cutting ceremony. The new skate-park, designed and constructed by Maverick Industries, was finished ahead of schedule, much to the delight of Crewkerne Town Council, who maintain the facility and the youngsters of ABSIC whose enthusiasm, passion and fundraising under the umbrella of A Better Crewkerne & District (ABCD) helped to realise their dream. The skate-park provides a professional facility in the town for BMX riders, scooters and skate-boarders.
Professional BMX rider, bicycle stuntman and entrepreneur Scott Hamlin from Weston-Super-Mare told Crewkerne Headlines And Topics: “It’s a great set up considering the size of the park. The skate-park has a good surface and good lines, ideal for BMX, scooters and skates. It’s a great place for youngsters to come when they’re out and about and the skills and disciplines they learn, will help them greatly in later years.”
Competitions with prizes for BMX, scooter and skate were awarded at Saturday’s Skate Jam, with give-away stickers and open riding sessions taking place throughout the afternoon. A group of local lads, Damon, Matthew and Harry, checked out the conditions of use, before taking their scooters onto the park. The weather remained fine but a cold nip in the air ensured that 1st Crewkerne Scouts were kept busy at their Hot Food & Drink Take-away stall. The busy Skate Jam was enjoyed by adults, teenagers and youngsters, who all agreed that Crewkerne’s new skate-park was ace and deserved the thumbs-up.