Get your skates on to see new Plaza plans!
Local residents will get a chance to see for themselves what Mansfield's first Skate Plaza will look like at an information event.
The event will be held on Thursday 16 July from 3-7pmat Fisher Lane Park, off Rock Hill in Mansfield and will feature plans and drawings for the Skate Plaza, set to open on the park later this year.
More information will be available about the construction of the new Skate Plaza and Mansfield District Council staff will also be on hand to answer any questions that residents and young people may have about the project.
In late June, Councillors approved funding for the Skate Plaza and accepted £50,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.
Further funding has also been obtained from, Nottinghamshire County Council, Mansfield District Council, Waste Recycling Environment Ltd (WREN) and Veolia to finance the project.
The plans for the Skate Plaza have been driven by a group of local young people, who have held regular meetings with the District Council and consulted with more than 100 other young people about how the Skate Plaza should look.
They have made funding applications, undertook local consultations, visited similar projects all over England and selected the specialist builder – Maverick Industries.
Local skateboarder Tim Smith, who chaired the project group commented: "The Skate Plaza project has been driven by local young people, who have put in a lot of work over the last two-and-a-half years to see the project come to fruition."
"This is a great opportunity for them to showcase their work and I would encourage all local residents and young people to come along to the event, to get a better understanding of the project and see what is happening for themselves."
Councillor Eddie Smith, Portfolio Holder for the Environment at Mansfield District Council, added: "I'm delighted to see that the new Skate Plaza at Fisher Lane Park is the first of its kind in the area and will provide new recreation opportunities for young people."
"I'm also delighted with the involvement of these youngsters and their enthusiasm for the project."
"I'm aware that local residents will have issues they wish to raise about the construction of the new Skate Plaza and Mansfield District Council staff and the young people involved in the project will be present to answer any questions they may have."