For the story of the Celebration event click here
Read the whole story of the Skatepark Development here.
AT LAST! IT’S OPEN
They Mayor of Ipswich and the Rev Andrew Dotchin enjoying the new skatepark.
OPENING 31ST OCTOBER
It’s almost finished. Skatepark to be opened by the Mayor at 11.00am on 31st October
GET YOUR SKATES ON – THE PARK IS COMING
The need for a Skatepark has been discussed for many years and North West Ipswich Big Local Trust with SITA TRUST, IBC and THE North West Area Committee are delighted to be able to make this dream become a reality.
Last month planning permission was granted for a Skatepark in Whitehouse Park.
Wheelscape, the design and build Skatepark company, has designed an exciting and innovative Skatepark based on the Plaza style.
This Plaza design was the favoured design voted by local skaters and is quite different from the Skatepark at Stoke Bridge.
Work has commenced on site and completion of the Skatepark is due late October 2015.
Thanks to Peter Ling from IBC for the first photos
CHOOSING OUR SKATEPARK DESIGN
A number of residents and skaters attended the meeting on 21st April and met 4 designers. Based on comments from everyone we now have to select our designer. We held a free raffle and a skateboard deck was won by skater, Joe.
See more photos from the evening on our Photo Gallery.
REVIEW THE DESIGNS – AND MEET THE BUILDERS
While working in the community of Whitton, Whitehouse and Castle Hill, resident members of North West Ipswich Big Local Trust became concerned that facilities for young people were very sparse. Several surveys within this area had shown that young people expressed great interest in a skatepark.
NWI BLT decided that they should use part of the money that they received from the National Lottery to help fund this project for the young people. The suggested site for the proposed skatepark is in Whitehouse Park, alongside Norwich Road.
Four Skatepark designers will be at the Meeting Place (formerly Whitehouse Community Centre) on Tuesday 21st April between 6.00pm and 8.0pm to show various designs of skateparks. Everyone is invited to come and see these designs and express their views.
Tea and refreshments are available. There will be a free raffle – Win a Skateboard Deck!!
DO COME – WE VALUE YOUR OPINION – we want the skatepark to be what you want.
PUT YOUR SKATES ON – IT WILL BE HERE SOON!!
It has been talked about for a long time and at last the decision has been made to build a skatepark in Whitehouse park.
NWI BLT in partnership with SITA Trust are funding this great project which, subject to planning permission, we hope to be able to complete this year.
Over the past few weeks surveys have been carried out with local residents who showed overwhelming support for the skatepark. This will be a most welcome facility for young people in our area. As part of the survey a mobile skatepark unit was set up in Whitton Church car park, where skaters young and old enjoyed an afternoon of fun.
During late February NWI BLT hosted a meeting for local skaters who were invited to come and express their views on the design of the skatepark. Lively discussions took place from a passionate group of skaters (see pic) who were eager to contribute.
NWI BLT will be arranging an event where Skatepark designers will be in attendance to show examples of their work and seeking the views of the community. See our Facebook page for up-to-date information.