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Published on 8 March 2017

Buckland benefits from new skatepark

There are smiles all round for young people with the news that Newton Abbot’s new £120,000 multi-wheeled sports facility is opening earlier than planned.

The new multi-wheeled sports space in Sandringham Park, Buckland, has got quarterpipes, flatbanks and a variety of exciting obstacles to challenge budding bikers and super skaters.

It’s ready to be used now and an official opening ceremony is planned for Sunday March 19 noon – 4pm. People from Buckland, Milber and beyond are encouraged to attend and celebrate the occasion. There will be music, prizes, competitions and a ribbon cutting. 

Teignbridge’s sporting talent will be in with a chance of representing the district in South West Youth Games wheeled sports event at Mount Hawkes Skatepark, Cornwall on May 19.
This is a new event in the build up to the Youth Games finals at Simmons Park, Okehampton on July 9.

The story behind the new facility is one of a shared vision and teamwork involving local authorities including Teignbridge and Newton Abbot Town Council, councillors, young people, parents, businesses and charities.

Teignbridge worked with the Newton Abbot Town Council to get the project off the ground.

The town council took over the lease for the land where the existing skatepark is situated in April 2016. Local youngsters had a hand in the design too, sharing their ideas for the new facility, with final designs by Maverick Skateparks.

Viridor Credits Environmental Company funded the project to the tune of £87,150 from the Landfill Communities Fund. Other funders include Teignbridge, Newton Abbot Town Council, Newton Abbot Rotary Club, Dartmoor Vale Rotary Club, Active Communities, Teign Housing Community Chest, Kitsons Solicitors, Firewatch Group and councillors Reg Winsor, Colin Parker, Gordon Hook and Eve Barisic.

Work started in early January and has been completed ahead of time. Inspections took place this week and the skatepark is expected to open this weekend, weather permitting.

Gareth Williams, Funded Projects Manager at Viridor Credits, said:

“Skate parks are fantastic facilities that attract people of all ages for miles around. The community involvement and support meant the Viridor Credits Board had no hesitation in awarding funding.”

Cllr George Gribble, Teignbridge District Council’s Executive for Recreation and Leisure said:

“This is such fantastic news for Buckland and Newton Abbot. It’s a marvellous facility and one that looks set to be enjoyed by many for years to come. The opening event promises to be one to celebrate and there’s a great opportunity for young skaters and BMX’ers to come along, show off their skills, and be in with a chance of representing Team Teignbridge at the South West Youth Games in July. Teignbridge is grateful for the support of many partners in helping to build stronger, more active communities and provide quality facilities in local neighbourhoods.”

Cllr Gordon Hook, Teignbridge District Council’s ward member for Buckland and Milber and Devon County Councillor for Newton Abbot South said:

“It is just great to see this excellent new facility for Buckland and for Newton Abbot but mainly for skate board enthusiasts everywhere, up and running ahead of schedule. All those responsible deserve much praise and thanks. I sincerely hope hundreds if not thousands of enthusiasts will gain both fitness and pleasure from this upgraded park.”

Cllr Colin Parker, Teignbridge District Council’s ward member for Buckland and Milber and Newton Abbot Town Council said:

"I am proud to have been heavily involved from day one with the rejuvenation of Buckland park to a state-of-the-art multi-wheeled sports facility. It is my hope that this facility will be respected, cared for but above all, of course, mostly enjoyed by all users from Buckland, Milber and surrounding areas.

“Please come along to the opening event on Sunday 19 March at noon to join in the celebration and spectacle."

Cllr Reg Winsor, Teignbridge District Council’s ward member for Buckland and Milber said:

“This is yet another success story for the residents of Teignbridge! Without the help of council officers, councillors, young people and the generous support of sponsors and funders, this skatepark would only have been a dream. “We should also applaud the company that carried out work and those who helped make it happen - well done to everyone involved. It really does show that together, everyone achieves more.”