Hunt is on for second skateboard park site

PUBLISHED: 12:15 20 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:53 24 May 2010

A FACT finding mission to identify a site for a second skateboard park in Portishead is to get underway. A special working party has been set up by Portishead and North Weston Town Council to look into the possibility of opening a new skating facility in

A FACT finding mission to identify a site for a second skateboard park in Portishead is to get underway.A special working party has been set up by Portishead and North Weston Town Council to look into the possibility of opening a new skating facility in the town.One site being suggested is a piece of land owned by the town council at the rear of Portishead Football Club at Bristol Road.An alternative site is land by the town's youth club at Harbour Road has also been pinpointed for the new facility, which is expected to cost in the region of £100,000.It is hoped the working group will be made up not only of councillors, but residents, representatives from community organisations such as the Lions, police and young people.Councillor Alan McMurray, who is on the working group, said: "As councillors we are very keen to improve facilities for young people in Portishead."A number of sites have been suggested and now part of the work of the group is to take this forward and make a final decision on the site."The town already has a skateboard facility at Merlin Park which was opened in 2003 at a cost of £15,000.Cllr McMurray added: "We already have the skating site at Merlin Park which has proved a huge hit with youngsters."With all the new families moving in to the marina developments, councillors felt it important that a facility should be provided for this end of town.

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