Newtown skate and BMX park given go-ahead

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Features of the site will include ramps and jumps

A new park for skateboarders and BMX riders in Newtown has been given the green light by planners.

The £95,000 project to build a site at Trehafren Park was given full planning permission by Powys Council on Tuesday 22 February 2011

The initiative was prompted by concerns that there were not enough facilities for young people in the town.

It will take 12 weeks to build the park, which has been funded by the Tesco supermarket chain.

The concrete skateboard and BMX park will cover 400 sq m.

Features of the concave site will include permanent ramps, jumps and other features called quarterpipes, driveways, rollovers and a pyramid hip rainbow.

Once the building project is finished, it will be managed by Newtown Town Council.

Newtown mayor Joy Jones said young people in the town had fought for a skatepark for many years.

She added: "It is great news that has been a long time in coming and I hope the young people will enjoy it."

"Young people have had to hang around the bus station and a historical site called the Mound. This facility will give them somewhere to go.

"Although the town council will be responsible for managing the site I am sure that the young people will manage it themselves."

A Powys council spokesman said the erection of the skatepark facility would be funded by Tesco as one its community-based projects planned for the town.

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