Derby

Dozens helped in design of newly-opened Derby Skatepark

Derby skatepark
Image caption Work on the skate park was completed in June

A woman who helped create a £228,000 skate park in Derby has described it a "community effort".

The new facility was officially opened this week, three years after Derby skateboarding group Hooked first pitched the idea to Derby City Council.

Group leader Rebekah Ford said dozens of people helped to design the park, built on the Bass Recreation Ground.

"Skateboarders, BMXers and inline skaters all came together to say what they wanted here," she said.

"It's been pulled together by the users so it's a real community effort."

The new park includes such features as a monster bowl, rails, quarter-pipes, a hubba, a polejam and an earthquake gap.

Skateboarder Craig Smedley, from Nottingham, said he was impressed with the design.

"It's not your usual kind of skatepark, it's had a bit of thought put into it," he said.

Mayor Derby Les Allen said: "A great deal of hard work has gone into creating this fantastic facility."

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