Skate park almost complete

PUBLISHED: 17:00 30 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:39 25 May 2010

A MASSIVE skate park which could host international competitions is nearing completion.

A MASSIVE skate park which could host international competitions is nearing completion.

The facility at Cheddar's Sharpham Road Playing Fields is just weeks away from being finished and should be ready to use by the end of February.

Excited skaters and BMX riders will be able to use the park during daylight hours - with a planning application for floodlights so it can be used at night being submitted to council officers in a few months.

The park is thanks to the fund-raising efforts of Cheddar Local Action Team (LAT) which has won grants from several national and regional charities.

To date they have gathered £130,000 from various pots of money - and have their fingers crossed for an extra £72,000 from Sport England.

LAT spokesman Julian Sayer said: "We put in a bid to Sport England in May and were shortlisted from 550 down to 30.

"If we got the money, it would pay for some nice bonus stuff such as benches around the park.

"We stand a good chance - and we only want £72,000 out of a possible £10million.

"I know the youngsters in Cheddar have been waiting years for the skate park to come into fruition - we are just so excited it is finally here."

Gravity Engineering started work on the project in November.

But LAT members hope to raise an additional £44,000 to build a large bowl at the back of the park - which can be used by both skaters and BMXers.

Half this amount has already been raised and Gravity Engineering has agreed to start work on the extension - with Sedgemoor District Council acting as a guarantor.

This means the facility will be a multi-use park with the potential to host events and competitions in the future.

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