Skateboarders celebrate as new park opens in Wandsworth


The new facility is on Kimber Road.


By Rachel Hur

A new £170,000 skatepark has opened in King George’s Park, Wandsworth.

The new facility, on Kimber Road, has a new state-of-the-art BMX, scooter and skateboard course complete with half pipes, banks, ramps, grindrails, handrails and flyoffs.

A spokesman from Wandsworth Council said the facility took around two months to build and is now officially open for park users to enjoy.

Cllr Kathy Tracey Wandsworth’s cabinet member for children’s services visited the park last weekend

“The young people I spoke to were having an absolutely fantastic time there. They told me they were thrilled they were able to come and enjoy such a good track,” she said.

“Judging by some of the really amazing tricks and stunts they were performing I could see exactly why they thought it was so good.”

She added that widening the range of services the council offer to young people and delivering exciting new attractions like skate parks show their commitment in providing top quality play facilities for children and young people in Wandsworth.

£170,000 was invested as part of a £550,000 refurbishment and improvement programme at three playgrounds in the borough.

The council is now planning to explore options for the adjacent play building at Kimber Road.

The building could potentially be used as a youth café, a shop selling skateboard and BMX parts and accessories or be used as a venue from which to offer skateboarding classes run by professional tutors.

Jonathan Yew, 20, from Clapham is a regular user of the park and a huge skate board fanatic.

He said he welcomes the new specially made skate park that people can use free of charge.

He said: “I’ve been skateboarding since I was 7 and it’s hard to get special courses to skate board. I usually came to the park to practice in any open space but now I can come here.

“I’m planning to go to Singapore next summer to compete in a global skate boarding competition so this track gives me more opportunity to prepare for that.”

Wandsworth council manages more than 200 playgrounds and play areas in parks, commons and housing estates in the borough.

Over the past four years £2.5 million has been spent on maintaining and improving these facilities for young people.

Photo courtesy of Matt Peoples, with thanks.

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