The installation of the new skate park at Leatherhead Leisure Centre is to begin. As lockdown measures ease, work can commence on this new facility.
The replacement of the outdated skate park at Leatherhead Leisure Centre had been one of the key play-related projects for Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) in 2019. Following two stages of public consultation, specialist company Fearless Ramps’ proposal was overwhelmingly voted the most popular design by skate park users and local residents.
All existing ramps at the leisure centre’s site, including the half pipe, will be removed and replaced with new heavy duty steel frame equipment and will use the popular Skatelite pro as the riding surface. Work to remove the old ramps is planned to take place over two weeks, week commencing 25 May 2020. Having taken out the existing equipment, installing the new ramps’ framework will take between three and four weeks.
While outdoor sports facilities have been reopened across the country at present, the final stage of installation at the site – which will see the riding surface boards fitted on the framework – will be dependent on the Government’s guidance at that time.
Councillor David Draper, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “It is absolutely right that this project was on hold for the past couple of months for the safety of everyone involved. As we move into the first recovery phase, it is important that projects such as these can be progressed as we look forward to returning to normal; albeit possibly a new normal. Whether you are a skater or take pleasure in riding a BMX or scooter, we hope that providing modern skate park facilities will be welcomed by the local community.”