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Malmesbury celebrates opening of skate park
Skaters twisted, turned and twirled through the air at the official party to celebrate the opening of the new £250,000 Malmesbury skate park at the weekend.
Officials laid on a party for the community on Saturday to raise awareness of the availability of the facilities that took more than a decade to come to fruition.
After much negotiation, fundraising and controversy, the 230 sq m indoor facility behind the youth centre in Gloucester Road is open and waiting to be filled with the enthusiastic and the talented.
An adult skate park volunteer, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I am really positive about the park, the young people and the massive part they've played in this success and personal growth.
“It’s a real passion and a project of love.
“We desperately need more parental support to allow us to open more frequently though. There’s only three of us.”
The park will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 6pm to 9.30pm, Thursdays from 6pm to 9pm and Saturdays and Sundays noon to 4pm.
Gareth Brown, a representative from the Malmesbury Youth Development Centre, said: “I am very impressed and very excited; it’s a fabulous facility.
“They (the users) are very impressed with it as well.”
Coun John Thomson has been championing the project throughout its development over the years.
Speaking on the day, he said: “I think it is a fantastic facility.
“It is not down to me, it’s also down to all the people who have done fundraising, the town council, to the carnival, to Wiltshire Council who have put a lot of money in.
“Also, it’s the skaters who have held faith; some of them, when they were first here, now have children of their own, that’s how long it has taken, but they have been tremendous.”
Town and Wiltshire Councillor Simon Killane said: “It’s a fantastic thing and great for Malmesbury.
“It’s a lesson for other communities when it comes to working in partnership with each other and understanding that the delivery of a project like this is not about individuals, it’s not about politics, it’s not about tribalism, it’s about actually saying let’s just work together, put our plans out on the table, have our harpoons and let’s just get the thing.
“For us it’s a great example to the rest of the community to show how we deliver things in a very sensible and positive way.”