Village skate park hailed
- *** Village skate park hailed ***
Birdingbury, UK -- 09/08/2005
BMX biker Lewis Cutts can't wait to learn new stunts and
tricks on a half-pipe installed in a Warwickshire village.
He was among a crowd of children who enjoyed the opening of
a multi-games pitch and skateboard park in Birdingbury, near
Lewis, aged 10, who lives in the village and goes to Dunchurch
Junior School, said: "I'll probably be here every day hopefully.
I want to learn some new tricks on my bike."
The £56,000 park includes ramps and jumps for bikers and
skaters, and an all-weather pitch for football, basketball, tennis
Villagers sprang into action after older children
complained there was nowhere for them to go.
They raised thousands of pounds with the difference made up
with grants from organisations including Rugby Borough Council
and Awards for All.
Villager Ben Sharratt, aged 15, a pupil at Ashlawn School,
in Rugby, said: "The village definitely needed it because there
was nothing for the older kids."
His mum, Jean Sharratt, said: "A few people opposed it but
most of us pulled together. There's no excuse for the kids to
be out on the road now because they can use the park."
Peter Welch, aged 53, of Main Street, Birdingbury, and chairman
of the recreation field committee, said: "It's somewhere they can go
summer and winter - this was what they wanted. It's taken two-
and-a-half years to get to this stage."
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