Skatepark for Lake Grounds?

FRESH plans have been put forward to provide Portishead with a second skatepark - at the town's Lake Grounds. The Portishead

FRESH plans have been put forward to provide Portishead with a second skatepark - at the town's Lake Grounds.The Portishead Skatepark Project has identified a site at the rear of the boathouse at the Lake Grounds as a possible area for the new skate park.The drive to install a second facility in Portishead was launched two years ago, with a poll of residents putting the Lake Grounds forward as the preferred site.The committee had also tried to gain permission to open a skate park next to the youth club at Harbour Road, but this was thrown out.Now the committee is asking the town council to back moves to put the skating area at the Lake Grounds.Portishead Skatepark Project spokesman Jon Gething said: "The Lake Grounds was one of the preferred sites as a result of the consultation."It is an ideal site for a skate park - other facilities in Clevedon and Nailsea are central to the town."We have been talking with North Somerset Council and I know it is keen to look at a plan for the overall improvement of the lake grounds as there are suggestions of a pitch and putt, a bandstand and facilities for the running club."I think people's concerns are misjudged."If we did get the go-ahead we could ensure the skate park was designed in an attractive way and made out of concrete to keep the noise levels down."The lake grounds is already a very busy place, especially at the weekends, with lots of people using it for sporting activities."Mr Gething said plans were also in the pipeline to organise a skate event at the lake grounds in September so people can go along and watch the teenagers show off their talents.It is anticipated that mobile skate ramps would be brought in for the event.The suggestion of putting the skate park at the Lake Grounds was put to a meeting of Portishead and North Weston Recreation and Works committee on Wednesday night.Councillors said they did not feel the lake grounds was the right place for the skatepark and agreed to write to North Somerset Council asking why the site by the leisure centre was rejected.Portishead Councillor David Pasley said: "Local residents feel the Lake Grounds is a peaceful and tranquil place and should remain that way.


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